Nor-way in the lead on electric vehicles

Stylised car with luggage on top

The European Environment Agency has updated its data on the number of new electric vehicles purchased in Europe. When analysed as a proportion of the total cars, Norway is the out-and-out leader.

A graph showing proportion of cars sold by electric vehicle in Europe

The UK is a mid-table player, but this disguises very large variations by country. Northern Ireland and Wales are both poorly served by rapid-charge infrastructure, which impacts significantly on both local use, and the inclination of electric vehicle users to spend time (particularly on holiday) in those countries.

Welsh Government has recognised this as an issue, and has pledged funding to improve the provision of rapid (and other) charging in Wales.