Electric vehicles and environmentally friendlier driving are gathering momentum all across Europe – especially in the largest mobility markets of Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. Compared to last year, the number of newly registered electric passenger cars in the EU has gone up by more than half in the second quarter of 2020, achieving a market share of 7.2 percent of all new vehicle registrations. According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), a record 23,158 electric vehicles were registered in the country in October 2020 alone. The European electric vehicle factbook 2019/2020 reports that every fourth car in Norway is electric. Progress is also being made in the expansion of charging infrastructure. Automobile manufacturers, municipal utilities, fuel station operators and other companies and stakeholders from various industries are all investing in charging stations for electric vehicles. If Europebwants to achieve the targets of its Environment Action Programme 2030, it will need to successfully transition away from oil-based fuels. For this reason, and because more efficient e-mobility is increasingly becoming the norm, many municipal enterprises are electrifying their bus fleets, and companies and car sharing organizations are electrifying their vehicle fleets as well. You can learn everything you need to know about current developments, the latest ideas and the most important trends at Power2Drive Europe, the leading exhibition for e-mobility in the renewable energy system.
Vehicle fleet operators have the opportunity to produce this energy directly on-site, for instance with their own photovoltaic (PV) installations. And the range of vehicles available is continuously growing. Over 130 models in total now qualify for the electric car subsidy from the German government, including passenger cars from BMW, Citroën, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, smart, Tesla and VW. The complete list of the vehicles that are eligible for subsidies is available for download at www.bafa.de. New models are appearing on the market each month, with a wide variety of vehicles already available in all price ranges.
“The framework conditions for e-mobility are better than ever before.” Philippe Vangeel, General Secretary of the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE), has recorded significant increases in turnover in all European countries and reports that many regions have already set up good charging networks. “We’ve reached a stage where there aren’t really many obstacles standing in the way of the mass deployment of e-mobility.”
Property owners who constructed a photovoltaic installation in Germany at the start of the 2000s feed all of their electricity into the public power grid. However, feed-in tariffs will soon no longer be paid for these old systems. According to the German Solar Association, this will affect a good 10,000 PV installations in 2021, with this figure rising by a factor of 20 by 2026.