The future of the automotive industry means electric cars, but for models to be widely adopted, they must be affordable and, most importantly, have charging infrastructure. If you are thinking of buying your new Dacia Spring, here are how many charging stations you have available in Romania.
The infrastructure for charging electric cars is absolutely necessary for the models to be widely adopted. Not all come with a range of 400 or 500 kilometers and then it is important to know that you do not stay with the car on the road because you have nowhere to charge your battery.
At European level, at the end of last year there were 200,000 charging stations and it is possible that the number will be much higher now, possibly even double. That’s because the pace of development has accelerated.
But Romania is not among the leading countries, which have thought about this issue in advance. The best in terms of charging infrastructure are the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, which share three quarters of their charging stations at European level.
How many charging stations for electric cars are there in Romania
A report by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association shows that there were 200,000 charging points for electric cars in the EU at the end of 2019, but three quarters of them are in just four countries: the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
Cyprus has only 38, Greece only 61 points, and Bulgaria, 135.
In Romania, surprisingly compared to other eastern countries, there were 344 points, of which 211 normal and 133 for fast loading.
But the technology behind it also matters.
Of the 200,000 charging points in Europe, only one in seven is for fast charging. The report notes that the number of places where you can load your car has increased sixfold since 2014, but then the level was extremely low. In 2030 there should be 2.8 million outlets for the coverage to be really good, but the goal is not modest at all (14 times more than now), writes hotnews.ro.
Last year, 284,000 pure-electric cars were sold in the EU, double compared to 2018 and huge compared to 2014, when there were only 32,000. However, the market share of 100% electric cars remains small (1.9% of the total market at the end of 2019, compared to 0.3% in 2014). It should be noted that in 2020 electric cars continued to grow steadily in the pandemic, even if the total car market in the EU is 30% below the 2019 level.
Government subsidies are extremely generous, especially in Romania. Thus, if you apply for Dacia Spring, say, through the Rabla Plus ticket, then you pay less than 10,000 euros for the first model of the brand, as we show HERE.