According to experts, the EU’s decision to only sell electric cars after 2035 is likely to face difficulties as there are numerous infrastructure problems.
Not enough charging stations, an unsafe power supply, and an unstable power grid are just a few of the problems the block is facing.
At the same time, manufacturers are working on more efficient vehicles with a range of more than 600 kilometers to solve charging problems.
For Sigrid De Vries, Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, car performance is not the biggest problem.
“The vehicles won’t be the biggest problem. The technology is there, the vehicles can be built. The problems lie in these other dimensions of this transformation,” De Vries told CNNBreakingNews.net.
“The charging infrastructure, access to raw materials, so that mobility remains affordable and accessible for small businesses, drivers, citizens like you and me, and for this transformation, including green energy, to be completed.”
Half of the charging stations in the EU are currently located in two countries, Germany and the Netherlands.
There is a
risk that consumers will hesitate to buy an electric car until adequate charging infrastructure is available — while investments in infrastructure require greater certainty about the charge status of electric cars.
Then there is the challenge for electricity suppliers. A huge fleet of potentially hundreds of millions of new electric cars would, according to estimates, mean an additional hundreds of billions of kilowatt hours of electricity generation.
“We need to increase power generation, but that’s what we’re planning. We need to expand renewable energy,” Michael Bloss, a German Green Party MP, told CNNBreakingNews.net.
“In Germany, we have already planned to increase the share of renewable energy in total electricity to 80% by 2030. This includes the assumption that we will supply all of these electric cars with electricity, not just the electric cars, but also for heating.”
Finally, there is the power grid. Some argue that electric vehicles make the grid unstable, which would require large investments in modernizing existing infrastructures to withstand massive power consumption.
The European Commission estimates that more than half a trillion euros will be needed to modernize the European energy network in this decade.