Weak charging infrastructure may stall EV growth

The launch of affordable long-range battery-electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt EV are generating breathless talk about a coming “tipping point” where BEVs will begin taking over the world’s highways.

Both cars are exciting in their own way and a flood of advanced EVs is coming in the next few years from a variety of automakers but their budding popularity could stall because the recharging infrastructure necessary to make EVs practical for mainstream buyers is in disarray. So far, it is poorly planned, not public, not standardised and being demolished by neglect.

The growing number of EVs entering the marketplace in the next decade, coupled with lengthy charge times and the inability of many EVs to accommodate different types of fast chargers when they are available, could lead to1970s-style gas lines at charging stations in the future, says Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president-North America Powertrain at auto supplier Continental.  

Why is a charging infrastructure so important if most consumers plug in at home or work? Because even 240 to 300 miles (386-483 km) of range disappears quickly and can’t meet the expectations of consumers used to easy 5-minute fossil-fuel fill-ups. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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