When will electric cars become the norm? In Europe, we’re still a long way from that point. Sales of electric cars represented just 1.2 % of all new cars sold in the European Union in 2015. Roughly 0.1% of all cars on European roads are currently electric.
Nevertheless, the numbers are growing fast. In 2016, the number of electric cars in the world surpassed 2 million for the first time. That’s a 100% increase on 2015, when the 1 million mark was reached. True, it’s somewhat less impressive when you consider that there are estimated to be more than billion cars in the world today. Clearly, there’s a long way to go before all cars are electric. But how long?
What do our readers think? One of the big issues when it comes to electric cars is the lack of infrastructure, particularly when it comes to finding a charging point. We had a comment from Alex suggesting it should be a legal requirement for every petrol station to upgrade and add charging stations for electric cars. Would that be a viable option?
To get a response, we spoke to Greg Archer, Director at Clean Vehicles at the European Federation for Transport and Environment (otherwise known as Transport & Environment). What would he make of Alex’s suggestion?
Next up, we had a comment from Nicky who thinks governments should do more to incentivise buying electric cars, through things like tax breaks or subsidies. Does Greg Archer agree? Or does he think the level of government support for electric vehicles is adequate?
To get another perspective, we also put Nicky’s comment to Chris Carroll, Sustainable Transport Project Officer at the European Consumers´ Organisation (BEUC). Does he think governments should offer better tax breaks for buying electric cars?
Finally, we had a comment from Anatilde, who pointed out that people won’t buy electric cars until there are more charging stations to support them. So, who pays for this infrastructure? Governments? The market? A mixture of both?
Should all cars be electric by 2025? Who will pay for the necessary infrastructure upgrades? Should petrol stations be compelled to install charging stations? Should governments do more to incentivise buying electric vehicles? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!