Call for mandatory targets for EV charge points

Green transport campaigners have called on the European Commission to set mandatory electric vehicle charging infrastructure targets for member states.

In order to keep up with the increase in electric vehicles required to decarbonise transport by mid-century, Europe will require 1.3 million public charging points by 2025 and 3 million by the end of the decade, according to analysis by Transport and Environment (T&E). Currently there are around 185,000. 

Public spending would have to increase from around €600m this year to €1.8bn in five years and €2.9bn in 2030, a cumulative spend of €20bn. Including funding for private infrastructure, a total of around €80bn would be required over the period, according to the analysis, which T&E said is a “small fraction of the €100bn invested by the EU every year in transport infrastructure”.

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