EV Infra Does Not “Happen”, It Needs a Plan

As Tesla Model 3 production is being ramped up, the new generation Nissan Leaf moving to deliveries and multiple new EVs being announced (e.g. Jaguar I-Pace, Volvo Polestar, Audi SUV) it seems that the automotive industry is embracing the transformation to electric vehicles. Although these models are not sufficient for all markets and consumers (e.g. India needs a lower-cost offering of EVs for the mass market), there is no question that the future is electric.

However, things are not as rosy on the infrastructure required for charging these electric vehicles. TIme and time again the lack of charging infrastructure has been cited as one of the factors slowing down the adoption electric vehicles (an example of a study here). Countries with a high penetration of EVs the charging infrastructure continues to be a problem (see for example this video) and has not fully kept up with the demand for charging. And furthermore, the problem is excarbated by the users’ behavior such as  leaving cars connected to charging stations even after they have been fully charged.

The issues above are something that should be addressed if there is a desire to increase EV penetration in the near future. In a lot of cases there is even financial support available for purchasing the vehicle itself, but especially in countries and regions where residential charging is non-existent or rare the need to have adequate number and mix of public charging stations is pressing. If this is not taken into account, it is very difficult to convince the consumers to purchase EVs.

This is the first step on the road towards broad adoption of EVs. This step is not simply going to happen miracuously, it needs a practical and implementable plan to ensure that the implementation happens and the first step is taken. There are multiple issues to be resolved later on (adding capacity, dealing with parking and real estate issues, etc), but unless the first step is taken, none of the later actions is going to matter.

This first step is where our planning tool and consulting services are focused on. These capabilities are expected to answer questions such as:

  • What does that step look like in a particular country or city and who needs to be involved in the implementation?
  • How many stations are needed to cover a particular geographical area?
  • What is the right mix of charging stations?
  • Is there adequate grid capacity and real estate available?

Get started on this today and get in touch with us (+358 50 5568575 or info@ac2sg.fi).

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