Electric vehicle revolution now reaching all corners of Europe

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Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is now a viable option in an increasing number of European countries. This is the conclusion of new research, published by LeasePlan, ahead of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

The Index shows that Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria are now the best prepared countries in Europe for the electric vehicle revolution.

LeasePlan’s EV Readiness Index 2019 is a comprehensive analysis of the preparedness of 22 European countries for the electric vehicle revolution. The Index is based on four factors: the maturity of the EV market (also including plug-in hybrids), the maturity of EV infrastructure, government incentives and LeasePlan’s experience with EVs in each country.

For the first time, all countries in the Index have shown an improved score compared to last year, signalling increased EV readiness across the continent, although the rate of improvement varies significantly across Europe. Improvements in EV readiness were mainly due to an improvement in charging infrastructure and a greater availability of EV models, providing consumers with real choice.

It is worth mentioning that Greece is in the 21st position of the LeasePlan EV Readiness Index 2019 with a total score of 10. Out of the four factors examined, Greece has scored the highest in government support for EVs.

Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: “Policymakers need to step up and take concerted action on vehicle taxation and infrastructure to make driving electric a viable option for everyone across Europe. Although our EV Readiness Index shows that electric driving is becoming a viable option in an increasing number of countries, we still have a long way to go before we get everyone driving electric. Transitioning to electric is one of the simplest things we can all do to help tackle climate change and everyone should be able to afford to go green!”

The CEO of LeasePlan Hellas, Mr. Konstantinos Petroutsos, stated: “In LeasePlan, we believe that the future of automotive is electric vehicles, and that is why we are committed to even greater use of electric vehicles in our fleets. In Greece the adoption of electric cars is at an early stage, but steady steps towards are made for the spread electric vehicles”.

Highlights from the research include

Published at January 24, 2019
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January 24, 2019

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