Fast charging infrastucture needs in Europe: how do disparate figures add up?

As Ukraine-based manufacturers of a cost-efficient fast and smart charger, we continuously think about customer expectation and our market share.

There are more than 4,000 cities in the world with populations exceeding 100,000. Around 2,400 of these have populations of fewer than 750,000.

The European Union’s Clean Fuel Directive sets a target of 800,000 publicly accessible charging stations to be installed by 2020, with additional individual targets being set for each member state.

In the European Union, there are over 800 cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The majority of these, almost 700, are small and medium-sized cities (between 50,000 and 250,000 inhabitants).

So it’s at least 1,000 publicly accessible charging ports per each urban community of 50,000+ to hit the EU market by 2020.

With over 20,000 ‪charging‬ ports in California, each charger currently serves some 1,400 urban dwellers in America’s most populous state.

The EU aims at — at least — a charger per every 50 urban dwellers. That’s by 2020.

Urban mobility is responsible for 40% of road transport related CO2 emissions and 70% of other pollutants from transport, such as nitrogen oxides and ultrafine particles.

In Slovakia there are currently only about 1,000 registered electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Officials say that the high costs and technological limitations such as range or inadequate charging infrastructure are barriers to wider take-up.

As of August 2016, there were reportedly 22 charging stations in 13 cities in Croatia.

Over half of all lorry trips in European cities are under 5 km. Shouldn’t it be EV-supported?

In Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania, over 40% of the population still lives in rural areas. They need inter-city buses. And e-commerce delivery services — and that could be EV-enabled.

You might have also seen recent news that Paris, Mexico City, Athens, Madrid aim to ban diesels by 2025.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging zero-emission buses that run on hydrogen fuel. Recently the city unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker and announced plan for at least 20 new buses in 2017 as part of Khan’s goal to phase out diesel buses entirely by 2020. He wants to have 300 zero-emission buses on London’s streets by then.

Rome is reported to soon buy 65 eBuses. But how many will they need by 2020?

An articulated bus consumes, per year, 40 000 litres of diesel. When you compare it with the approach of electrifying cars, you can say that electrification of one of these big buses is having impacts like electrifying 100 cars.

Florence has the highest ratio of EV chargers to total number of vehicles on the city’s streets (91,2 ports for 100,000 vehicles), followed by Milan and Perugia. The whole car-sharing fleet in Bari and Naples is comprised of EVs. The car-sharing schemes in Florence, Verona, Milan, Padua and Palermo have at least one car in five that is an EV.

One thing is clear — the demand is on the rise.