Most EU countries on track to meet EV charging targets

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the EU have increased three-fold in the last three years, according to the latest analysis by campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E).

The region’s EV charging network grew faster last year than the electric vehicle fleet, with more than 630,000 charge points at the end of 2023, according to T&E.

Most countries in the European bloc have already met their 2024 EU targets for public charging infrastructure, with Bulgaria, Slovakia and Czech Republic leading the pack. Spain and Italy round out the top five, followed by Estonia and France – all seven of which have also already met targets for 2025.

Under the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which entered into force on 13 April, each country in the bloc has annual targets based on a ratio of total charging power output and the number of electric cars on the road. 


Of the countries which have not yet reached their 2024 targets, Portugal, Hungary and Lithuania will likely catch up by the 31 December deadline, according to T&E, while Greece and Ireland “have the most work to do but can still meet their targets by rapidly building infrastructure this year”.

Luxembourg, Cyprus and Malta also lag behind but can “easily” achieve the targets with modest amounts of new chargers due to the small size of their EV fleets.

“Charging is perceived as one of the biggest barriers to people switching to electric vehicles, but the picture is improving fast,” said Fabian Sperka, T&E vehicles policy manager.

T&E is calling on EU governments to go beyond the “minimum ambition” of AFIR by speeding up the deployment of fast-charging hubs and by limiting red tape for grid operators. 

“More capacity needs to be installed where the actual traffic is and payments should be made simpler. There also needs to be a clamp-down on broken chargers,” Sperka said.

Charging infrastructure isn’t the only hurdle to wider EV adoption among business travellers. Read BTN Europe’s recent analysis into EV car hire to find out more.

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