Amsterdam, July 2021 – In this article we explain everything about the most EV-Friendly countries in Europe. Since the summer holiday is coming around the corner.
1 – Norway
Norway is the most EV-friendly country in Europe. Due to various subsidies and gifts from the government, many Norwegians have opted for electrically powered cars. In Norway, the EV driver has many different advantages. First, EV-driver have tax advantages. In addition, Norwegian EV drivers enjoy a privileged status on the road. EV drivers do not have to pay tolls, they can take ferries for free and in several cities, you can even park for free if you drive electrically. Fantastic, isn’t it? The Tesla Model X is by far the best-selling EV in Norway, followed by the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.
2 – The Netherlands
Our little country is in second place in the European EV ranking. The Netherlands has more than 72,000 (semi) public charging points (AC) and more than 2,100 fast charging points (DC). Furthermore, to stimulate driving electricity, the Dutch government has various subsidiaries to stimulate. The most popular electric car in the Netherlands is the Tesla Model S, followed by the Tesla Model X and Nissan LEAF.
3 – Great Britain
On the European EV ranking list, Great Britain is in third place. The country wants to become an important player in the European EV market. Together with the American state California and China, Great Britain only has a ‘’road to zero’ ’strategy. The government’s Road to Zero strategy covers not only commercial vehicles but also public transport, charging infrastructure, and much more. The plan also includes a proposal to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040. The UK currently has more than 16,000 public charging points. The government has provided a subsidy of 400 million pounds to further expand this network. In addition, motorists who buy an EV can claim a subsidy of up to 4,500 pounds.
4 – France
France is in fourth place on the European EV ranking list. The country has set up multiple initiatives to stimulate the demand for EV’S. For example, a purchase subsidy up to up to 6,000 euros for electric and hybrid vehicles and a diesel trade-in program for the trade-in of an older diesel vehicle up to 4,000 euros. In addition, plug-in vehicles in France qualify for various tax benefits and in some provinces, the annual registration fee can be waived. Moreover, Paris plans to no longer allow cars that run on fossil fuels in the city from 2030 to combat air pollution. The most popular EV in France is the French Renault ZOE. A notable fact is that Tesla is best-selling in France compared to all other European countries where the brand’s EVs are available.
5 – Spain
The Spanish government has launched several plans for more sustainable traffic in recent years, including the Alternative Mobility plan with a budget of 20 million euros. The budget is fully used in less than 24 hours. Compared to the European countries mentioned above, the Spanish charging point network is still in its infancy. At the end of 2020, the country had 7,600 public charging points. The country aims to have more than three million electric cars on Spanish highways by 2030.
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