EU: EV charging infrastructure construction lags behind

The EU audit agency recently said that the deployment speed of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the EU region is lagging behind, and the goal of adding 1 million charging piles by 2025 may be difficult to achieve.
The European Commission announced this target early last year and plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 90% from 1990 levels by 2025. However, according to the investigation of the European Court of audit (ECA), the number of new charging piles in 27 EU countries and the UK is only 36000 each year, which has increased from 34000 in 2014 to 250000 by September 2020. If calculated according to the current deployment speed, the target of adding 1 million public charging piles by 2025 will face major risks. In fact, it will take about 150000 new jobs a year, equivalent to about 3000 a week, to narrow the gap.
The European Court of audit is responsible for reviewing how the European Commission supports the expansion of charging infrastructure in Member States and how it manages EU funds. According to the report released by the agency, there are great differences in the availability of public charging points among member countries, and the payment system is not unified, which leads to EV owners have to use a variety of subscription or payment methods to charge their vehicles when they travel through different EU countries. Ladislav Balko, an ECA member who wrote the report, pointed out that one out of every 10 new cars sold in the EU last year were electric vehicles, but the use of charging infrastructure was uneven across the EU.
ECA members drove electric vehicles across Germany, France and Italy to test the EU's public charging infrastructure, covering more than 2000 kilometers. The investigators found that the real-time data of charging infrastructure in the EU still needs to be improved, and drivers lack real-time information about charging pile failure or need to wait in long lines during driving. But on the whole, the test results were positive, and the investigators managed to use all the charging piles to complete the charging requirements.
Automobile manufacturers predict that between 2019 and 2025, the production of electric vehicles in Europe will increase by six times, reaching more than 4 million vehicles per year, accounting for more than one fifth of the total vehicle production in the EU. At the same time, the European Commission's goal is to have at least 30 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2030 and basically achieve zero emission by 2050. However, only about 2 million zero emission vehicles have been sold in the region.
It is reported that about a quarter of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation industry, and the most serious emission source of the industry comes from road transportation, accounting for 72%.