The EV readiness index prepared by Leaseplan for 2020 has been published. The readiness index shows that the Netherlands and Norway are still leading electric mobility developments. For the Central European region it holds some good news but 3 countries from the region are also on the bottom of the list.
The key findings of the report are the following:
- Almost all countries show an improved score compared to last year, signalling increased EV readiness across the continent. The rate of improvement, however, varies significantly across Europe, with Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic having both the lowest scores and the slowest improvement rate, underlining the continued disparity between Western and Eastern Europe in terms of EV readiness
- EVs have never been more affordable. In 11 countries, EVs are already cheaper than their ICE counterparts on a TCO basis. In addition, EV drivers pay on average only 63% of the tax that ICE drivers pay. Austria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and the UK are leading the charge: in these countries, EV drivers pay no driver tax at all.
- Charging infrastructure is still lagging and will be key to improving EV readiness going forward. Although some progress was made in 2020 on charging infrastructure, the rate of improvement actually dropped compared to last year (43% increase rate in 2020 compared to 73% increase in 2019). Even in top-ranked countries, charging infrastructure remains far from adequate
Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said:
“Our EV Readiness Index shows that while electric driving is more affordable than ever across Europe, public charging infrastructure is still woefully lacking. In opinion polling done earlier this year, we already saw that lack of charging infrastructure was a major roadblock stopping drivers from going electric – and the analysis in our EV Readiness Index proves these fears are well founded. To put it bluntly: the pace of improvement just isn’t fast enough, and Europe is failing to deliver the infrastructure required for the clean mobility revolution. Leaders and policymakers in every single one of the 22 countries in this Index need to step up and invest in a universal, affordable and sustainable charging infrastructure before it’s too late – the climate emergency can’t wait.”
What’s Next in EVs – Report and Webinar
The EV Readiness Index 2021 is published as part of LeasePlan’s new ‘What’s next in EVs’ report. The report provides detailed insights into the latest trends, models and technology that will shape the EV industry in 2021, as well as in-depth analysis on the EV readiness of each country.
On Friday, March 5, LeasePlan will host a ‘What’s next in EVs’ webinar. The event is free to attend and will feature an industry update by Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged, the world’s no. 1 clean energy and EV show, as well as LeasePlan’s Chief Commercial Officer, Berno Kleinherenbrink. You can register on our website for the webinar.
- LeasePlan is at the forefront of the clean mobility revolution: in 2020, the company saw its EV registrations double. Last year, EVs made up 15.9% of LeasePlan’s newly ordered lease vehicles (which far outpaces the market in every Index country)
- LeasePlan has committed itself to achieving net zero emissions from its total fleet by 2030. LeasePlan is also a founding partner of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, a global business initiative designed to fast-track the uptake of EVs and infrastructure among the world’s leading corporations
LeasePlan is a leader in two large and growing markets: Car-as-a-Service for new cars, through its LeasePlan business, and the high-quality three-to-four year old used car market, through its CarNext.com business. LeasePlan’s Car-as-a-Service business purchases, funds and manages new vehicles for its customers, providing a complete end-to-end service for a typical contract duration of three to four years. CarNext.com is a pan-European digital marketplace for high-quality used cars seamlessly delivering any car, anytime, anywhere and is supplied with vehicles from LeasePlan’s own fleet as well as third-party partners. LeasePlan has more than 1.9 million vehicles under management in over 30 countries. With over 50 years’ experience, LeasePlan’s mission is to provide what’s next in sustainable mobility so our customers can focus on what’s next for them. Find out more at www.leaseplan.com/corporate.
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