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UK drops out of top five in electric vehicle preparation index

The UK is now lagging behind European leaders in its electric vehicle preparation, according to new research from LeasePlan.

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LeasePlan’s research finds that the UK currently holds the third position for the number of EVs registered

The annual index – which looks at the maturity of the EV market (including PHEVs) and infrastructure, government incentives and LeasePlan’s experience with EVs in each country – has revealed the UK has lost its 2018 position within the top five, dropping down to seventh, as Germany, Sweden and Austria are now more prepared for the electric vehicle revolution.

Despite this, the UK currently holds the third position for the number of EVs registered.

It’s also ranked fifth when it comes to charging infrastructure (18,158), behind the Netherlands (83,196), Germany (37,405), France (34,558) and Norway (23,558). The top three countries with the highest charging plugs per population ratio were the Netherlands (4.8 charging plugs per 1,000 inhabitants), Norway (4.5) and Luxembourg (1.9). In comparison, the UK only has 0.27 charging plugs per 1,000 inhabitants.

Steve Jones, strategy and transformation director at LeasePlan UK, said: “The UK has been making great progress in its electric vehicle strategy, but it unfortunately lacks the momentum countries like Norway and the Netherlands have.

“If we hope to keep up with the rest of Europe, then urgent action needs to be taken to speed up the rollout of charging infrastructure, increase Government tax incentives as well as boost the number of EV models available. Without improvement on all three of these elements, the UK will continue to slip further down the rankings

“Given how quickly the nature of mobility is changing, more regular and short-term reviews are necessary to ensure the UK’s strategy is aligned to how consumers and businesses are utilising transport services. The Road to Zero strategy is a good starting point, but as a nation we need to be bolder in our plans to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the future of transport.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.