Electromobility: EU Court of Auditors criticizes the expansion of charging stations for e-cars

The EU will meet its requirements for the expansion of the charging infrastructure from Electric cars not fair. In order to have a network of more than one million charging points by 2025, the expansion must be accelerated significantly, writes the European Court of Auditors. There is also no “overall timetable to help electric mobility achieve a breakthrough”.

From the inspectors' point of view, the construction of the charging stations is happening too slowly, too unevenly and too haphazardly to help electric cars achieve a breakthrough. There is a lack of a comprehensive gap analysis, targeted financial support, minimum standards and uniform payment systems. At least the EU has promoted a common connector standard.

“Ultimately, the political goal is to take an electric car trip across the country Europe to be able to undertake in which the charging of the electric vehicle takes place just as easily as a conventional refueling process, «writes the Court of Auditors in a special report. Before that, however, the examiners see further obstacles.

150.000 columns would have to be built annually

The number of charging stations in the EU grew from 34.000 in 2014 to 250.000 in September 2020. But if things continue at the same pace, the goal of one million public pillars by 2025 could be missed. For this, 150.000 columns would now have to be set up every year - 3000 new charging points every week.

Some EU countries come off particularly badly at the Court of Auditors. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have the lowest density. According to the Court of Auditors, seven out of ten charging stations are in only three of the 27 EU countries - namely in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

"Electric vehicle journeys within the EU are not favored by this uneven distribution of the charging infrastructure," the auditors found. However, driving an e-car can also be done within Germany develop into a challenge.

The auditors are urging changes to be made. So should she EU Commission among other things, develop a strategic and integrated EU plan for electromobility. Minimum requirements for the charging infrastructure in the entire trans-European transport network as well as analyzes of the infrastructure and financing gap are necessary in order to improve the project selection.