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Netherlands and Norway lead the way in electric car adoption

A survey by GoCompare reveals that countries such as Australia and Mexico are lagging behind when it comes to EVs per capita

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China and US score highly when it comes electric cars and charging points
China and US score highly when it comes electric cars and charging points

The Netherlands and Norway are leading the way in electric car adoption despite China and the US boasting the highest number of electric vehicles, according to a new study.

 

The research from price comparison website, GoCompare, reveals the shape of electric vehicle adoption in 30 International Energy Agency member countries.

 

Who is best prepared for the electric future?

 

Its analysis of which countries are best-prepared for the future of electric cars is based on the following factors:

  • The number of publicly accessible charging points per kilometre of each country’s road network
  • The number of petrol stations versus the number of publicly accessible charging points in each country
  • Each country’s electric car stock (including battery electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars) vs its number of publicly accessible charging points
  • The number of normal power and fast power charging points that are publicly accessible.

The study finds there are more electric cars and charging points in China and the US than in any other country, but the countries only rank 18th and eighth respectively for the number of electric cars per capita while Australia ranks 24th.

 

Norway has more electric cars per capita than any other IEA country, with Iceland second and the Netherlands third.

There’s one electric car to every 30 Norwegians, while there’s only one to every 3,351 Australians with the UK occupying 10th position at 494. Mexico comes last with one electric car to every 141,978 Mexicans.

"There are more electric cars and charging points in China and the US than in any other country, but the countries only rank 18th and eighth respectively for the number of electric cars per capita"

Australia ranks the worst for the number of charging points per 100km of road network, with only 0.05 chargers every 100km, or one every 1,836km. Canada, the second largest country in the world by area, had the seventh worst charging point network with just 0.56 charging points every 100km, while the third largest US ranks tenth worst with 0.68 chargers.

In comparison, there are as many as 23.25 charging points every 100km in the best-performing Netherlands and 11.03 in Norway, ranking the country third.

 

In terms of the number of charging points versus petrol stations, the proportion of charging points is again the lowest in Australia where it’s as little as 7 per cent. This means 476 charging points against 6,800 petrol stations. Canada ranks seventh worst and the US eighth worst.

In the best-performing Norway, the proportion of charging points is as high as 87 per cent, while the Netherlands comes second with four fifths (81 per cent) and China third with more than two thirds (68 per cent).

For the full rankings, go to Electric Avenues.

 

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