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Pricing of electric vehicle recharging in Europe

Created: 2021-07-20 15:48 | Last change: 2021-07-20 17:32

Avere and Fier Automotive have conducted a study commissioned by the European Commission under the European Alternative Fuels Observatory contract into pricing of electric vehicle recharging in Europe.

The goal of this study is to give an overview of the costs of public recharging for electric vehicles across Europe.

In view of the large divergence and complexity in tariff structures examined throughout the EU and within Member States, and in particular due to the large differences between contract-based and ad hoc prices, it has proven impossible to achieve the initial objective of the study ordered by the European Commission, namely to establish average prices for recharging per Member State.

The authors of the study conclude that this situation has the potential to greatly hinder the advancement of e-mobility, making consumers who are interested in e-mobility reconsider their purchasing decision. In addition to the range anxiety, there is also the worry of being overcharged at a recharging station, due to the intransparent recharging tariffs.

Based on their findings, the authors make a number of recommendations for future legislative action by the European Commission and Member States, in particular in relation to price transparency.