EEA Report | No 20/2016

Electric vehicles in Europe

  • M. Jozwicka
  • Dr. Friederike Hülsmann
  • J. Purwanto

This report provides a non-technical summary of the latest information on electric road vehicles in Europe, including those with hybrid technologies. It focuses upon electricpassenger vehicles, explaining the different types that are now available on the market,how each type works, and their respective advantages and disadvantages. The reportalso outlines how many countries in Europe are presently using incentives to encouragethe further uptake of electric passenger vehicles, and it identifies the main barriersrestricting their broader use. The latest information on electric passenger car and vansales in Europe is provided.

While the report includes a brief description of other types of electric road vehicles,including bicycles, vans, heavy-duty vehicles and buses, other types of electric transport,such as electric rail locomotives and ships, are not addressed.