‘Chicken and egg’ electric cars spark debate about battery charging

Carmakers and e-mobility advocates continue to be at odds over whether lack of choice of electric vehicles or lack of charging infrastructure is the main thing holding Europe back from embracing a transport revolution. A new study insists that there are chargers-a-plenty already.

Transport is a problematic sector for the European Union, where emissions continue to grow, and electrification has been touted as a potential silver bullet for the bloc, which is striving to hit a raft of climate targets, including the Paris Agreement.

But the prospect of owning an electric vehicle is struggling to convince motorists to trade in their petrol or diesel cars for either full battery or hybrid models and in 2017, they only counted for 1.5% of total new car sales.