The Spanish government and companies are backing the efforts for CO2 emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. In fact, Spain has gradually increased this segment of vehicles for personal use, public transport, and corporate. However, as to the charging stations per every 100 kilometers on the highway, the country stands at the bottom among European Union countries.
According to the latest ranking published by the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO), Spain stands at the 22 spot in the EU in terms of charging points installed. In detail, the ranking takes into account the charging stations for PHEVs and BEVs per every 100 kilometers on the highway.
The study takes several items into consideration. For instance, Spain ranks at number nine in the total number of plug-in vehicles, ahead of Italy and behind Switzerland.
As to the charging points, it ranks at the number 11. Nevertheless, it slides down the list when it comes to number of charging points installed per every 100 kilometers on the highways. There, the country stands at the number 22, on par with Bulgaria, and only surpassing Luxembourg, Greece, Latvia, and Malta.
This reveals a need to boost the installation of these charging stations, if there really is an intention to, in the future, take EVs outside the cities to work in transportation for medium and long distances.
EV charging in Spain
According to the EAFO’s data, Norway, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Sweden, and Switzerland are at the lead. These countries have focused on the EV industry as a whole, from manufacture, sales, and market penetration to short and long distance EV charging.
In this sense, Norway has 833 charging points per every 100 kilometers of highway, followed by the UK, with 198 charging points to guarantee EV mobility; Estonia with 129, Sweden with 73, and Switzerland with 62.
Currently, Spain has 5,818 EV charging points, but this number shrinks to a minimum when divided by the number of kilometers, with only 8 charging stations per 100 kilometers. This is unfortunate, since the country has an excellent highway network, quite superior to that of its neighbors.
When taking a look at the number of EVs driving through our streets and highways (EVs and plug-in hybrids), Spain stands at the ninth place in the continent, with 53,191 units, more than Italy (48,090) and Portugal (33,967).
EV sales in the Spanish market totaled 9,152 units until the third quarter of 2019, up by 90.15% compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers.
EVs surviving the pandemic
The first half of 2020 was overshadowed by the COVID-19 lockdowns. This situation led to unprecedented drops in monthly vehicle sales starting in February. During the first half, sales dropped by 28% for the total light vehicle market, compared to the first half of 2019. Electric vehicles held up better and recorded a loss of 14% year-on-year for this period globally.
Europe was at the lead of electric vehicle sales in 2020 with a 57% rise during the first semester of the year, in a market that actually shrank by 37%. The rapid increase of EV sales began in September 2019 and have continued to grow throughout this year.
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