Spain had to install 32,000 charging points for electric cars in 2022. We only have 10%

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The panorama in the charging network Spain for the electric car is bleak. And it is confirmed with each new study in which the number of charging points available in our country is collected. The last to put the data on the table, the Anfac electromobility barometer.

We were analyzing it just a few days ago when we were trying to understand when Spain will catch up with Norway in electric car penetration data. Then we emphasized the number of chargers available in the most advanced European countries, such as Germany, France and the Netherlands, the latter the one with the most plugs per kilometer by far.

Very far from the objectives

The Anfac data in your Electromobility Barometer Regarding the third quarter of this 2022, they show a certainly worrying figure. By the end of this year we should have 45,000 charging points in our country if we want to meet the objectives set out in the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan. However, at the end of September we had barely reached the 10% growth we needed to achieve it.

2022 is not being a good year for the installation of charging points. At the end of 2021 there were 13,411 charging points in our country. But between January and September we have barely added 3,154 new points, when we needed to add almost 32,000 points. In other words, we move at 16,565 charging points when by the end of this year 45,000 points of this type should be reached.

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The figures are even more worrying if we look to the future. Looking ahead to 2025, the takeoff of the infrastructure should multiply the charging points available halfway through the decade, we would have to have 110,000 charging points available. At the moment, we have only added one 3.3% of targets marked.

And with an eye on 2030, five years before vehicles with combustion engines can be sold in Europe, our country must have 340,000 charging points available according to government plans. We are 99% away from meeting the goal.

A funnel

The lack of an adequate charging network is a real problem for the adoption of the electric car. First of all because, unfortunately, I have lived the experience that fast chargers do not work at the desired power on many occasions, which makes travel plans difficult when we get going.

And with a scarce recharging network that does not work at full capacity, we begin to enter a vicious circle from which it is very difficult to get out.

Without a safety net on the road, potential buyers prefer to opt for a vehicle other than an electric car. If potential buyers continue to opt for other technologies, firms prefer to distribute more vehicles where they know they have guaranteed sales, lengthening waiting times in our country.

A problem that, once again, results in fewer customers opting for electric cars and a driver base that is growing very slowly and, therefore, can exert limited pressure on the companies in charge of installing and maintaining the electric cars. charging points that, as we can see, are not growing at the desired rate.

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And not having a recharging network at the height has another counterpart. The objectives for the next few years will force combustion vehicles to be electrified so much as to become plug-in hybrids if they want to avoid possible fines in Europe. To which must be added the upcoming Euro 7 regulations.

This will mean that in just a few years most of the vehicle supply in Europe (and in Spain) will be plug-in cars, which could exacerbate the problem of recharging vehicles if a sufficiently dense network is not created.

Photo | Mark Studzinski

The panorama in the charging network Spain for the electric car is bleak. And it is confirmed with each new…

The panorama in the charging network Spain for the electric car is bleak. And it is confirmed with each new…

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