I am considering a grand tour of the EU by road. This would be in a small electric car; I don't plan on creating lots of pollution as I go. Partly because the car would have a small range and also because I want to see the places and not just speed through ticking them off a list, I would be travelling slowly and trip would be long. Maybe 6 months, maybe a year, maybe even more. I am about to retire and I have the time.
Most of the tour would be in continental Europe and it would be easier to buy the car in the EU. So, I would like to register it there. I am a dual UK / Irish citizen but I currently live in the UK. I have friends and / or family in Ireland, Denmark, and France who I hope would be happy to lend me their address. Obviously, I have the strongest connections to Ireland but it is the least convenient as it is not physically connected to the other countries. I have the second best connections to Denmark (relatives not just friends) but it is also not in an optimal location. France would be the most convenient but I only have friends there.
Hence the question: could I reasonably easily buy a car in France and register it at a friend's address? What risk would they be taking? I won't be committing any serious crimes in the car. Apart from anything else, the car that I am considering would be a lousy getaway car. I don't plan committing even minor crimes but there is always a danger of a parking ticket or something like that.
I also need to check my driving licence, insurance, etc but one question at a time.