Future Mobility Restrictions – Infrastructural Changes
How real is a 2050 Carbon Neutral Europe?
- The road to 2050 will require more EVs on the road—and many more EV chargers too
- A little over 25% of global EV manufacturing takes place in EU
- Roughly 20% of new car sales in EU are EVs
Is EU set for world-leading EV ecosystem?
Where are its boundaries? Currently the EU27 has 375k charging stations. In 7 years from now, we need 10 times more: 3.5 million charging stations to serve the total EU27 EV 2030 fleet.
It means we should up our charging station installation speed to 6.000/week (currently a little under 2.000/week). In order to accommodate this rate, we need to upgrade and drastically expand our Energy Infrastructure, upgrading the relatively slow alternating-current charging solutions mostly found in urban areas and quickly shift to grid upgrades or backup storage solutions for public fast charging solutions (where peak loads could draw easily 1 megawatt), as the current EU27 Energy Infrastructure can not facilitate this rate of installations.
France (where about 400 public chargers a week are now installed) and Germany (with about 200) has the fastest pace of installation in the European Union.
The widespread adoption of EVs could help Europe achieve its decarbonization targets—but only if non fossil fuels generate the energy used to charge EVs! To prevent EVs from triggering an increase in Europe’s carbon emissions, we need to invest in sufficient renewable-energy capacity to meet the additional electricity demand expected from all the EVs.
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