76% Of Charging Points In Europe Are Concentrated In Just 4 Countries

OCT 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

There are some 100,000 charging places in the European Union

According to the ACEA, the number of roughly 100,000 charging points the in the European Union should increase at least 20 times to 2 million by 2025 to handle growing sales of plug-in cars.

It opens the market for 1.9 million charging points that need to be produced and sold within 7 years. Not a bad business case for the charging industry.

The study done by ACEA revealed that the density of charging infrastructure widely varies between countries. Some 76% of all charging points are installed in four countries (the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK), which holds only 27% share in the overall area in the EU.

The densest charging infrastructure is in the Netherlands, where some 28% of charging stations falls on maybe 1% of the area of the EU. Moreover, there are solid fast charging networks like Fastned.

Source: ACEA

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Norway is not an EU member but they also have a significant number of charging points.

And, the Norwegian landscape offers some of the most amazing roads and tunnels (floating in the future?), when it comes to scenery and outside the box engineering.


Right but Norway is part of Europe!

Yet the article clearly talks about EU.


These are really nice.

This data is a little biased as the populations varies a lot. For example there’s about 22% more Germans than French but on a country 55% (France métropolitaine) to 80% (total French area) smaller.

The number of charging points per citizen may be more relevant.

I disagree. For now chargers/area are much more relevant, because it demonstrates that you can drive with an EV anywhere in the country. Once EV penetration will get higher, I agree it might not be relevant any longer and your proposed measures are more relevant. Take Sweden for example, great EV and charger penetration, low population, giant country. Despite a much higher charge point density per capita, there are vast amounts (unpopulated areas) of the country that are not accessible by EVs. Same is true for the whole US outside the East and West coast.

Good points, next time we would like a graph of both “charger per area” and “charger per population”

Except that most chargers are not on highways but in dense areas. Just like gas stations.
Most of the driving is done in small areas. Typically work / home travels. There’s even a lot of people only charge at home.

Chargers per area would be relevant *if* they were more or less evenly distributed — but as you point out yourself, that’s not the case, and thus the metric is mostly meaningless.

There are many more charts and stats on the sites of ACEA and EAFO. Check them out.

Well, its a good start.

10.000 public charging points in Norway:


Recently, some news from UE said that the members must improve the number of charging points in all the UE. Some countries have a slow implementation of those infraestructures and from Europe there is a clear determination to push the members in the right direction, even with sanctions.

Whats important is the population and # of EVs, not the size.

Germany + UK + France + Netherlands =~ 230 million people, almost half of the EU population.

And in terms of GDP, its probably more than half.

This is exactly what I have been pointing out for the last 4 years. The CCS/Chademo chargers are simply going into nations that decide to back it, and more importantly, into horrible locations.
The only smart one on this is Tesla. They are NOT simply going into nations that are subsidizing them. Nor are they throwing these in the cities. Instead, they are putting them spaced out all over the west, starting with America and Europe.