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Research has shown which countries in Europe are currently best prepared for electric driving.
With the market share for electric vehicles (EV) up 47 percent year over year and reaching a 22 percent market share, Europe has pledged to increase the number of public chargers to be ready for 130 million electric cars by 2035. But, which European country is currently best equipped for EV owners to drive?
By evaluating a variety of EV compatibility factors, such as infrastructure and charging costs, Uswitch.com/electric-car created a points-based index system to assign each European country an EV compatibility score of 10. In the end, the country was discovered with the best EV charging infrastructure.
With a rating of 4.52 out of 10 for EV compatibility, electric car owners in Spain have only 0.21 charging stations per 10 km². In addition, it takes almost eight (7.94) EVs to share every existing charge point. Annual charging costs in Spain are also among the highest in Europe, with owners expected to pay €417.01 per year – 11.2 percent more than their Portuguese neighbors (€485.05).
With an EV compatibility score of 8.23 out of 10, Uswitch.com/electric-car can reveal that the Netherlands is the best country for EV drivers. On average, there are 24.15 charging stations per 10 km², the highest of all analyzed countries.
This is 256.3 percent more than Luxembourg, which finished in second place in this category (6.87 stations per 10 km²). Not only that, but annual charging costs are projected to be €184.59 per year, one of the lowest of any country analysed.
Croatia follows in second place, with charging infrastructure in the country scoring 7.66 out of 10. There is one charging station for every 1.47 EV on the road, which means that Croatia has the best charging station to EV ratio of all 32 European countries analysed. With almost a quarter (20.3 percent) less than in the Netherlands (€ 184.59), the annual charging costs are forecast at € 231.75.
Slovakia and Latvia jointly take third place with an EV combability score of 7.26 out of 10. When it comes to the number of charging stations, Slovakia offers 0.28 per 10 km² – three times more than Latvia with 0.07 per 10 km².
However, Latvia leads the way in fast charging, with 0.7 percent of all stations offering fast charging, compared to 0.04 percent in Slovakia. The annual charging costs in Latvia (€202.17) are also 15.9 percent less per year than in Slovakia (€240.36).
The Alpine countries are in tenth place together, with a score of 5.32 out of 10 for EV compatibility. Electric vehicle owners in Luxembourg have 6.78 charging stations for every 10 km² across the country, 244.2 percent more than in Switzerland (1.97 charging stations per 10 km²).
On average, there is one charging point for every 10.73 cars in Switzerland, which is double the number of cars shared in Luxembourg (5.09). However, Switzerland’s annual charging costs are €377.26, 3.6 percent less than Luxembourg (€391.37).
If you’re thinking about becoming an EV owner, EV charging expert Ben Gallizzi gave some tips: “Check your local EV infrastructure. Unfortunately, as our index shows, not all areas are created equal when it comes to charging stations. Ease the charge of anxiety with our Map of EV charging points as well as more information about home EV charging port installation”.
“Compare electric vehicles to find the right car for you! Don’t believe the hype – you’ll be amazed at the deals you can find. Also research EV specific insurance and buying incentives. The UK government is offering a £2,500 plug-in subsidy to anyone who buys an electric vehicle, as well as no road tax and Home charging scheme for electric vehicles”concluded Gallizzi.
A link to the full study can be found here: https://www.uswitch.com/electric-car/ev-charging/best-countries-to-own-an-ev/
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