There are twenty times as many charging points for electric vehicles in Europe as are needed now, warns the European industry association for the car industry on Wednesday. The charging stations must also be better distributed.

This is stated in the first annual report of ACEA, the umbrella organization for car manufacturers in Europe. At the end of last year, ACEA had nearly 145,000 European charging points. Although there were three times as many as in 2013, it still fails to meet the 2.8 million charging points needed in 2030, when CO2 emissions in Europe must be 40 percent lower than in 1990.

ACEA also points to the geographic spread of the number of charging stations. At the moment, 75 percent of the total is in just four countries, including the Netherlands. According to the trade association, there is a correlation between the number of charging points per 100 kilometers and the demand for and acceptance of electric cars.

"Our sector offers an ever-increasing range of vehicles with an alternative form of propulsion. At the same time, EU governments must keep pace with this development and invest considerably more in the required infrastructure," said ACEA President Carlos Tavares, who also is the top man of the French PSA. That manufacturer is the parent company of Citroën, DS, Opel and Peugeot.

The car industry, however, must also look at itself, says Tavares. In countries with a gross domestic product of less than 29,000 euros per capita, fully electric cars have little or no market share. "Mobility must be clean, safe and affordable," said the ACEA chairman.

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