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Most Electric-Car Friendly Countries In Europe

Interestingly, thanks to generous purchase subsidies and other incentives by the government, Norway has become Europe’s EV capital, Electric vehicles are exempt from the country’s 25 percent value-added tax and acquisition tax. EVs also enjoy privileged status on the Norwegian roads, with exemptions from tolls, free ferry rides and, in some cities even free parking space.

The Netherlands holds a firm second place in the Electric vehicles race, followed by the United Kingdom (3rd), France (4th), Spain (5th), Denmark (6th), Germany (7th), and Switzerland 8th).

CEOWORLD magazine reviewed data from various European Union regulatory agencies to identify the most electric-car friendly countries in Europe. Some countries on the list are obvious– like Norway, while the others are somewhat surprising!

The various countries in Europe are caught in the middle – some are embracing the electric future, some are resisting it, and most are muddling through with no particular plan. Germany, Europe’s biggest market is falling behind its EV goals while the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain are prioritizing electric vehicles and EV infrastructure.

Some Bold promises:

➡️ The French automaker PSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall, stood out among European rivals. By 2023, 86% of all PSA Group’s models will have an electric or plug-in option.
➡️ Starting in 2019, every all-new Volvo launched will have some form of electrification. This will include 48-volt mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full-electric powertrains.
➡️ The Volkswagen Group plans to launch 25 electric vehicles by 2020 and plans to sell up to 3 million EVs annually by 2025.
➡️ Renault is planning to launch 8 fullelectric models and 12 electrified models by 2022.
➡️ OPEL: All car lines with full-electric/hybrid powertrains by 2024.
➡️ SKODA: 10 electrified models by 2025.
➡️ AUDI: more than 10 full-electric vehicles by 2025 (includes Audi Q5, Audi Q8)
➡️ One-third of all Maseratis will be electrified by the mid-2020s.
➡️ Also by 2022, Daimler will electrify the entire range of Mercedes cars.
➡️ Every new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle will be electrified by 2020.

Infographic Electric vehicle charging points

Most Electric-Car Friendly Countries In Europe:

  1. Norway
  2. Netherlands
  3. United Kingdom
  4. France
  5. Spain
  6. Denmark
  7. Germany
  8. Switzerland

Infographic: Most Electric-Car Friendly Countries In Europe

10 Best-Selling Full-Electric Cars

1. Nissan Leaf
2. Renault Zoe
3. Volkswagen e-Golf
4. BMW i3
5. Tesla Model S
6. Smart ForTwo
7. Tesla Model X
8. Hyundai Ioniq
9. Kia Soul
10. Smart ForFour

10 Best-Selling plug-in hybrid Cars

1. Mitsubishi Outlander
2. VW Passat
3. Volvo XC60
4. VW Golf
5. BMW 5 series
6. BMW 3 series
7. Kia Niro
8. Mercedes GLC
9. Porsche Panamera
10. BMW 2 series Active Tourer

Infographic: Europe’s Top 10 selling electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

Major launches of battery-electric vehicles 2018-2021

➡️ Audi e-tron SUV
➡️ Hyundai Kona
➡️ Jaguar I-Pace
➡️ Nissan Leaf


➡️ Audi e-tron Sportback
➡️ BMW iX3 SUV
➡️ Honda Urban EV
➡️ Mercedes EQC SUV
➡️ Mini E
➡️ Renault Zoe next-gen
➡️ Porsche Taycan
➡️ Skoda Citigo
➡️ Tesla Model 3
➡️ Volvo XC40


➡️ Audi e-tron GT 4-door sports car
➡️ DS3 Crossback
➡️ Dyson
➡️ Fiat 500e
➡️ Ford Mach 1 SUV
➡️ Kia Stonic
➡️ Jaguar XJ
➡️ Maserati Alfieri
➡️ Mazda (unnamed model)
➡️ Mercedes EQS
➡️ Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
➡️ Peugeot 208
➡️ Renault (unnamed model)
➡️ Seat (MEB-based model)
➡️ Skoda Vision E
➡️ VW ID Crozz
➡️ VW ID Neo


➡️ Audi A5 EV
➡️ BMW i4 sedan
➡️ Citroen C3 EV
➡️ Jeep Grand Commander
➡️ Porsche Macan EV
➡️ Tesla Model Y
➡️ Volvo (SPA-based model)

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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