For context, the Czech Republic today has approximately two thousand charging points. Overall, the Netherlands and Germany currently operate about half of all charging points in the EU. According to ACEA, there are 307,000 of them. In order to achieve the goal of reducing CO emissions2 by 55% by 2030, there is a need for around 6.8 million charging points in Europe at that time.
But over time, dramatic developments will reach their limit in terms of electricity capacity. It is this problem that is currently being addressed in the Netherlands. According to the bnr.nl website, with reference to the ElaadNL charging research center, around three thousand Dutch districts are expected to fill the basic capacity of the network within three years. It will then be overloaded and at the same time it will be very problematic to add more charging points.
In the context of the recent approval of the proposal to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the EU, a closer look at the numbers of electric cars registered in the Netherlands is clearly alarming. As of March this year, there were 261,602 pure electric passenger cars and 149,196 plug-in hybrids. At the same time, electric cars accounted for only 2.96% of the total fleet of all cars operated in the Netherlands, and for plug-in hybrids it was only 1.69%. Rechargeable cars are in fact only a negligible part of the Dutch fleet, but problems with network capacity are already beginning to appear.