25% of charging points for electric cars in Spain do not work due to bureaucracy

Charging infrastructure remains one of the pending subjects electric car develop in Spain. At least that’s according to the new report he submitted Anfacassociation of car manufacturers that it analyzes penetration of electric cars in Spain.

A study that reveals this There were a total of 25,180 charging points in Spain by September of this year. This number means A total of 7,052 new charging points have been registered so far this yeari.e. charging points Compared to 2022, they increased by 39%..

In the next table You can see the evolution of charging points over the last four years. An increase that is greater in 2023, despite the fact that there is still one quarter left to compare in real terms to 2022, the last:

Operational charging points Increase
2020 8,545 points
2021 13,411 points +4,866 (+57%)
2022 18,128 points +4,717 (+35%)
2023 25,180 points +7,052 (+39%)

So much for growing charge points. But now comes the bad news. And here, Anfac reports that about 8,869 points are currently out of service. It is because, 26% of the total number of points that were installed in Spain.

So that means that one in four charging points in Spain do not work, either because they are in a “bad state, because they are broken, have not yet been able to connect to the electricity grid or because they are out of service”according to what they point to this organization that takes the data itself based on data from Electromaps.

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Moreover, according to Anfac, this number of points that are not functional is a bad figure because it means 27% more than in the previous quarter, in which a total of 6,475 charging points were out of service.

This means that over the last quarter the number of out-of-service points has increased by 2,394 points, or 37%.

74% of the charging network is slow

Regarding the powers of this charging infrastructure, only 26% of the infrastructure has a power higher than 22 kW. So that means that 74% of public access charging points have low consumptionwhich means a minimum charging time of several hours.

However, Anfac also points out that the number of fast charging points is growing significantly. In this sense, of the 2,420 points installed in this last quarter, 62% (1,495 points) have a power between 50 kW and 150 kW.

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In terms of the number of charging points greater than 150 kW, 63 new ones were opened in the third quarter, a growth similar to that of the previous quarter with a growth rate of less than 3%. In this sense, Anfac recalls that the distribution of charging points with a power of at least 150 kW is necessary to be able to use the electric car for long distances, which allows charging in the range of 15 to 27 minutes.

Likewise, charging stations with a capacity of more than 250 kW increased by 52 units in the third quarter of 2023, improving on the previous quarter’s figure of 7 new points. About 85% of the high-performance public charging points respond to the projects of car manufacturers.

80,000 electrified vehicles

Furthermore, Anfac points out that they are registered until September 79,733 electrified vehicles (100% electric and plug-in hybrids), the rhythm which For the manufacturers’ association, this is “not enough” because it will not help to reach the target of 190,000 electrified passenger cars for the whole year, In fact, it suggests there will be barely more than 100,000 registered units by the end of the year.

Anfac CEO José López-Tafall warned that as Spain is progressing more slowly in electrification than its European partners, it will be difficult to achieve the decarbonisation and electrification targets set by Brussels and ratified by Spain.

He therefore emphasized the need for a “strong internal market” to increase registrations of electrified vehicles. “We must bear in mind that a customer looking to buy an electric vehicle currently has up to €7,000 in help from the Moves III plan, plus a personal income tax deduction of 15% up to €3,000 .”

“The revival of the market must go hand in hand with the acceleration of the installation of publicly accessible charging points (…) It does not make sense to install a point and leave it out of order for months,” stressed the CEO of Anfac.

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