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New Study Reveals Inconsistencies in Consumer Information about Electric Vehicles and Chargepoints

Date

04 Sep 2023

Sections

Transport

Brussels, September 4, 2023 — The FIA European Bureau (EB) today unveiled a comprehensive study aimed at assessing the clarity, consistency, and transparency of information provided to consumers regarding electric vehicles (EVs) and chargepoint usage.

The study rigorously examines user manuals of six leading EV models and analyzes the websites of nine major chargepoint operators (CPOs). The findings indicate notable inconsistencies in consumer information across both sectors, highlighting the need for improvements.

The selected EV models, based on the best-selling vehicles in Europe for 2022, were assessed across multiple categories, including charging, vehicle battery range, safety features, environmental impact, and general vehicle details. The study revealed a disparity in the level of detail provided, potentially affecting the experience of first-time EV buyers.

The study also scrutinised the websites of the main chargepoint operators from across Europe. While all operators provide information about the required plug types for vehicle charging, discrepancies arose between the information presented in EV manuals and the descriptions on the websites, which can confuse users. A pricing mismatch was also noted, as consumers encounter diverse pricing models such as per minute or per kilowatt hour (kWh) rates. The lack of standardisation and interoperability among different chargepoint operators contributes to an unclear charging experience.

Insights gathered from stakeholder interviews delved into the barriers hindering widespread EV adoption. While factors like the high purchase cost and range anxiety were identified, the study highlighted how inconsistent information, alongside limited infrastructure, impacts consumer decision-making. To counter these challenges, the study suggests emphasising the cost-effectiveness, financial incentives, and reduced energy costs of EVs when compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

Laurianne Krid, FIA Region I Director General, emphasised, “Consumer confidence in EV technologies and infrastructure relies on clear, concise, and transparent information. As EVs sales surpass those of ICE vehicle, it is clear that accurate information is pivotal.”

The study also addresses relevant EU and UNECE legislation, such as the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation and the Euro 7 proposal, outlining their implications. In response to the findings, a series of policy recommendations have been proposed, including harmonizing chargepoint payment regulations, and ensuring reliable consumer information.

For the full study, please visit this page.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lisandra Fesalbon

Communications Officer, FIA European Bureau

lfesalbon@fia.com

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About the FIA European Bureau

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) European Bureau, headquartered in Brussels, represents 66 Mobility Clubs, collectively representing over 39 million members across Europe. As advocates for motorists, riders, pedestrians, and passengers, the FIA European Bureau strives to ensure safe, affordable, clean, and efficient mobility solutions for all.

Learn more at www.fiaregion1.com.

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