The UK came in behind Norway and the Netherlands, according to a report from Smart Transport member LeasePlan. LeasePlan’s EV Readiness Index, carried out each year, analyzed 22 European countries.
Factors for analysis included electric vehicle registrations, maturity of electric vehicle infrastructure and government incentives in each country.
The report showed the UK was one of the few to lead the charge when it comes to total cost of ownership (TCO) due to incentives such as the Zero Benefits In Kind (BIK) band. percent for electric vehicles.
However, the analysis also highlighted that charging infrastructure is a barrier to uptake of electric vehicles in the UK.
The country was ranked 10th in terms of public charging stations by population, behind leading countries such as the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg and Sweden.
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“The UK needs to address this and put in place a strategy that takes into account the whole population, otherwise we risk falling behind.”
However, the Department for Transport (DfT) recently ended the Electric Vehicle Charging (EVHS) scheme.
The program was designed to help small businesses and people living in leased and rented accommodation install electric vehicle charging stations.
But the Residential On-Street Grant Scheme (ORCS) will continue in 2022 with a further £20million allocated to local authorities to install electric vehicle charging stations.
The DfT has also launched a consultation on improving the charging experience.
This includes simplifying payments and increasing reliability, as part of the roadmap to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.
The Electric Vehicle Readiness Index found that most countries improved their score this year.
However, the rate varies considerably across the continent, with Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic having both the lowest scores and the slowest rate of improvement.
Mr Martinez said: “Now is the time to make a difference, and it must happen quickly.
“We’ve seen the positive impact of cleaner roads and lower emissions during the pandemic, so let’s keep going and make sure those learnings aren’t wasted.
“The pressure is strong for business leaders and government to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles – a giant step to help save our planet.”
The EV Readiness Index has been published as part of LeasePlan’s new ‘What’s next in EVs’ report.
The report provides detailed information on the latest trends, patterns and technologies that will shape the electric vehicle industry in the coming years, along with an in-depth analysis of the electric vehicle readiness status of each country.