“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.”
This is particularly true in Norway, which is the country with the greatest number of electric vehicles. According to the EU, there are more than 210,000 on the country’s roads. Norway also has around 12,000 charging stations and almost half of new cars sold there are powered using electricity. Norway owes its success to a package of incentives. For example, drivers who purchase or lease an electric vehicle are not required to pay any VAT or road tax. They also receive a 50 percent discount on toll roads and in public parking lots and can use bus lanes.
In the Netherlands, electric vehicles make up a tenth of all new vehicle registrations. With almost 44,000 charging stations for roughly 75,000 electric vehicles, the country has the most dense supply network in Europe. The government, municipal authorities and industry have contributed equally to expanding this infrastructure. The framework conditions have also improved, as anyone who purchases an electric car but who does not have their own parking space can submit an application to have a public charging station constructed in their immediate vicinity.
In Germany, a significant number of people charge their cars at home (approx. 33,000 charging stations and 148,000 electric vehicles). Private PV system owners are making a considerable contribution to driving forward the demand for e-mobility in the country. More and more German citizens want to charge their electric vehicle batteries using solar power generated on their own roofs. As the first photovoltaic installations begin to lose their eligibility for EEG feed- in tariffs, powering an electric vehicle using electricity produced at home will become an even more obvious choice.
E-mobility only makes sense if the batteries are charged using renewable sources of energy. This is a fact that has also not escaped the notice of industry players in France (approximately 30,000 charging stations). Here, the e-mobility association Avere-France and the solar association ENERPLAN have joined forces with the objective of increasing not only the number of electric vehicles on the road from its current figure of more than 150,000, but also the proportion of solar energy used to charge these vehicles. This is one of the key issues discussed at The smarter E Europe, which presents the latest solutions in the field.
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