Portugal is a country where early electromobility has developed in Europe – since 2008. That year, the Government took the first steps and an agreement was signed to create a national network for Zero Emission Vehicles within 3 years.
This contributed to the creation of the Electric Mobility Network – an integrated electromobility network, which installed a vehicle charging infrastructure in Portugal.
But what is the current situation? Has the construction of this network maintained the growth pace of the electric car park?
GDP per capita and the development of electromobility
With regard to the development of electromobility, Portugal can be seen as an example for the most developed countries in Europe. With a per capita GDP of € 19,500 in 2018, the share of electric vehicles in Portugal is an impressive 3.4%. Countries like Germany, with a per capita GDP of € 41,000, have only a 2% share. France, which has a per capita GDP of € 36,200, has a share of 2.1%. On the other hand, Spain, with a per capita GDP of € 26,200, has only an electric vehicle market share of 0.9%.
In Central and Eastern Europe, electromobility has only recently begun to develop. While in Portugal there are subsidies to support the purchase of electric vehicles since 2010 (although with some interruptions), and charging stations have multiplied since 2008, in Poland for example, the creation of subsidies is a measure that is still planned. has not been implemented.
Loading Stations – will it be enough?
Unfortunately, the number of Charging Stations is still insufficient when compared to EU indications. This institution recommends 1 Tour for every 10 electric cars, but the current number of vehicles per Charging Station is 12. Not far from ideal, but still inconvenient for users. And as electric car sales continue to grow at an interesting rate, they will soon be insufficient.
Data compiled by experts VIN-Info.com
VIN-Info.com experts – a portal where you can learn about a vehicle’s history by entering only the VIN number, has compared prices of electric vehicles in Portugal and other EU countries.
The differences in prices on the selected models reach up to 10,000 €. However, additional options, government incentives, and battery rental prices should be considered.
Of the 144,000 electric vehicle charging stations available in the European Union, more than 26% are in the Netherlands (37,037), another 19% in Germany (27,459), 17% in France (24,850) and 13% in the United Kingdom (19076). Portugal with 1596 Loading Posts, is in 10th place.
Regarding subsidies to support the purchase of Electric Vehicles, Portugal is almost in the last position with 3,000 €. The countries that most support their citizens are Romania with € 10,000, Poland with € 8,700 and France with € 8,500. These are the maximum values that can be obtained in these countries. In Poland, the subsidy system will come into force soon.