Yesterday, we talked about how the growing market for electric vehicles is affecting the supply chain for batteries. Today, where do you charge all those batteries?
I have an electric car, and a lot of people by 2025. Global sales will triple by 2025 according to IHS Marx projections. But it is not just about the number of cars but also the number of chargers. Let me tell you, it can be a little tricky to keep him awake all the time.
JITICIAN TRANSIC, a MIT professor who recently wrote an article for Etrick Energy Chargers, says we need more chargers in the right places to grow the EV market. She says the top priority is to find more options for home filling. The following is an excerpt from our speech.
Jessica Truck: And in [more options to charge at home] I mean, it’s not just for people who have off-road parking. But when people are at home, whether they live in an apartment building or on the street, it is a rent paid by people living in rural areas. Because, basically, over 95% of the day, you don’t even think about filling your car like today. You are just filling up your car and ready to leave when you want to leave. So I think we will get there.
Meghan McCarty Carino: Who is responsible for this? Are they city administrations? Apartment landlords? Who really needs to be pushed?
Transcript: We really need to stimulate the private sector. Ideally, this release of charging stations will take place in a highly competitive, multi-market market. Government policy plays an important role in stimulating innovation and market growth for underdeveloped areas. Therefore, these can be incomplete areas, which is crucial for those who want to receive EVs and live in a wide variety of conditions to provide a more equitable installation infrastructure and support EVA adoption.
McCarthy Carino: Is it economical for businesses where people can spend an hour or two, or for business districts where people can spend a few hours, to install chargers there or to find your business near chargers?
Transcript: I think there is a chance to think. Well, maybe I own a small village shop in the countryside. If I install a charger there, it will probably attract some business. What I have to say is that in that study, we really wanted to find that there were places where people would put the chargers where there were no delays, so there would be no delays for normal activities. So if you focus on those, then charging can affect the way people already show up and how they move around in their vehicles, and how long they stay in different places.
McCarthy Carino: People ask me how painful it is to think about a charger, because it is a different state of mind around how you use your vehicle. But it is very common for us to charge our phones regularly, you know? That is what we always pay for and use what we want every day. And yes, the longer battery life, the better. But we still have time to charge our phones and we have the right time to do it.
Transcript: Yes, that’s right. And I think there may be obstacles in the way of deciding to go for it and to an unknown level. So I think this is a very important place to think about and give people information. Where do I need a payment? What was that experience like? And I think, as you said, it can be very convenient. It can be really simple and I think it’s easier just as charging stations are expanding and people are just learning, okay, how do I adjust my behavior a bit to safely charge my vehicle?
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There are currently about 100,000 filling stations in the United States, according to The Verge. President Biden has proposed adding half a million stations as part of his infrastructure budget.
One thing that can be unlocked immediately is to make existing chargers work for all electric cars that are not currently available. There are a few different types of plugs used in different cars, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to launch a network of thousands of Tesla Superchargers later this year. Musk said it will only take one adapter and download the Tesla app in an incoming call this week, although Tesla is pouring in new chargers faster than those coming online.
And this week, a piece in the Wall Street Journal points to the chicken and egg problem of building these charging networks without government support. There are not many electric vehicles in many areas, but consumers do not want to buy them because there is not enough charging infrastructure and companies are not sure if they will make any money by installing new chargers.