When the electric vehicle (EV) revolution arrives, the UK is likely to be one of Europe’s best-prepared countries, according to the automotive fleet management company, LeasePlan.

Citing conclusion from its EV Readiness Index, published ahead of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the car-as-a-service business named The Netherlands and Norway as also having scored highly.

Almost all countries in the Index showed an improved score compared to last year, signalling increased EV readiness across the continent, although the rate of improvement varies significantly across the continent.

Improvements in EV readiness across Europe were due to a combination of the increased availability of public charging infrastructure (up 73%) and a more beneficial taxation regime for EV drivers in many countries. On average, EV drivers pay 40% less tax than drivers of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, although in some countries EV drivers do pay more tax.

Across the continent, EV registrations were up around 60% on average.
LeasePlan’s EV Readiness Index 2020 is a comprehensive analysis of the preparedness of 22 European countries for the electric vehicle revolution. The Index is based on four factors: EV registrations, the maturity of EV infrastructure, government incentives and LeasePlan’s experience with EVs in each country.

Tex Gunning, chief executive of LeasePlan, said: “Although our EV Readiness Index shows that electric driving is becoming a viable option in an increasing number of countries, we still have a long way to go before we get everyone driving electric.

“Millions of European’s still live in countries where public charging infrastructure is woefully inadequate or in which they pay more taxation than drivers of fossil fuel cars.

“Transitioning to electric is one of the simplest things we can all do to help tackle climate change and everyone should be able to afford to go green. Policymakers must, therefore, step up and continue to invest in public charging infrastructure and to incentivise EV uptake until electric becomes the common sense choice for all drivers.”