For many Europeans, the electric vehicle revolution is a mirage

Posted: December 8, 2021 by oldbrew in Batteries, Emissions, ideology, Travel
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Teslas in Norway [image credit: Norsk Elbilforening (Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association)]


Usual problems: high cost, range anxiety, lack of charging points, battery life, maybe resale value. Not much incentive for less well-off private buyers, even with subsidies. Corporate fleets seeking tax breaks more to the fore.
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The view from Brussels policymakers is clear: the electric vehicle revolution is firmly underway. But a EURACTIV investigation reveals serious barriers to electric vehicle acceptance across eastern and southern Europe.
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Listen to EU policymakers and you will come away convinced that the electric vehicle revolution is firmly underway, says EURACTIV.

“I think the move towards electric vehicles is moving much faster than anybody would have anticipated,” EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said earlier this year, expressing a widely held view in Brussels.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen similarly assured Europeans that “change is already happening” in her 2021 state of the union address, pointing to Germany’s registration of more electric vehicles than diesel cars in the first half of 2021.

Not only are sales of electric vehicles surging, but Tesla, perhaps the world’s best known electric vehicle manufacturer, is now the most valuable car company on Earth.

The shift to e-mobility, it seems, is happening at pace, inexorably changing the driving landscape.

But a EURACTIV investigation into electric vehicle uptake across the continent challenges this narrative, revealing serious barriers to EV acceptance across eastern and southern Europe.

A poorly developed second-hand market for electric vehicles, confusion over subscriptions for charging services, and concerns over the degradation of batteries continue to hamper electric vehicle adoption, compounding frequently mentioned issues such as high upfront costs and a lack of charging infrastructure.

What emerges from EURACTIV’s reporting is a picture of an electric vehicle revolution that is bypassing less well-off Europeans.

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Comments
  1. ilma630 says:

    “I think the move towards electric vehicles is moving much faster than anybody would have anticipated,” It’s amazing how fast you can cover the easy first inch of a hard thousand mile journey.

  2. […] For many Europeans, the electric vehicle revolution is a mirage […]

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘the electric vehicle revolution is firmly underway.’

    Not even an evolution. And ‘firmly?’ LOL

    “I think the move towards electric vehicles is moving much faster than anybody would have anticipated”

    ‘Not only are sales of electric vehicles surging, but Tesla, perhaps the world’s best known electric vehicle manufacturer, is now the most valuable car company on Earth.’

    ‘The shift to e-mobility, it seems, is happening at pace, inexorably changing the driving landscape.’

    All assertions are non-quantitative. Hence, bovine excrement.

    ‘The view from Brussels policymakers’

    So are they really ‘policymakers?’ Or just noise makers? Can they be rented out for New Years Eve parties?

  4. jb says:

    “the move towards electric vehicles is moving much faster ”

    Yeah, with an axe in hand, of which there is soon to be a shortage…

  5. Curious George says:

    The first 1% of market penetration always shows a remarkable acceleration of sales. Then a reality sets in. Maybe even for Ursula von der Leyen.

  6. oldbrew says:

    When there’s nothing else new left to buy, sales of new EVs may really pick up. The secondhand market for non-EVs could heat up too.
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    Euractiv: ‘The total cost of ownership, which takes into account fuelling costs, is expected to dip below current ICE vehicles as soon as 2027, the official said.’

    Brakes and tyres will still wear out, and depreciation is likely to be steep due to limited battery life.

  7. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Coal fired vehicles. Electricity is not a power source.

  8. Saighdear says:

    Huh, ANOTHER 380 project…. will they ever learn ?

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    Classic EU bureaucrat. They never get out of their little bubble so they have no real world experience to judge things on. I drive across France in the summer, and barely saw an EV. A few when we stopped on motorways but essentially none. No doubt there are quite a few in Paris but in the countryside, not one

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    Oldbrew, the notion manufacturers can take 20% off the cost of an EV in 6 years is fantasy. And as ever the running costs almost certainly exclude taxes on EVs but include them on ICES. More importantly it excludes the value of time – which oddly they always include when justifying high speed trains. If journey times increase because of range/charging issues, that is a cost. An extra 1-2 hours on every journey over 150 miles is a huge cost annually. It may be enough in some cases to prevent the journey. These non-cash costs are all ignored for EVs.

  11. tom0mason says:

    Mantra of the EU-Politicians & Eurocrats “If the propaganda lies do not stick then shout louder and more often.”

  12. oldbrew says:

    Phoenix44 says: the notion manufacturers can take 20% off the cost of an EV in 6 years is fantasy

    Currently the UK government adds 20% (VAT) to the cost of an EV.

  13. Leif Price says:

    “A poorly developed second-hand market for electric vehicles, confusion over subscriptions for charging services, and concerns” that’s why e-vehicles are constantly being improved over time

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