As of March 31, 2019 there were 63,003 public combined Level 2 and DC fast charger connections in the US, according to our analysis of data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center. In this post we’ll share several charts that we’ve pulled from the AFDC database.
8 Factors That Will Affect the Number, Type and Location of Charging Stations Needed to Support Electric Vehicles
We explore the various factors – including autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, super fast charging rates, BEV/PHEV mix and more – that will affect what will eventually become the “ideal” ratio of EVs to charging stations in a regional market.
How many public EV charging stations are needed within a market to support the charging needs of owners of EVs within a market? The minimum acceptable ratio is actually going to vary a fair amount by the unique combination of factors in each region and market, which is the focus of a follow-on article. With that said, however, my belief is that at least for the next 5-7 years, a ratio of 15-20 to 1 will in fact meet demand in most markets.
Charging is critical to the EV customer experience. Automakers will need to either ensure a superior customer experience through their own charging networks or by deepening their partnerships and relationships with existing charging networks.
In Northern California, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuters will likely increasingly be able to charge their EVs at a growing number of transit station parking lots. BART recently conducted two EV-related surveys and has begun a pilot charging station program at one of its stations. I reached out to BART with several questions and have included their answers in their entirety below:
Mass transit stations are ideal beachheads for helping to solve the growing need for public EV charging stations. Here are 8 reasons mass transit parking lots make ideal EV charging centers.
15 Shifts: How The Transition to Electric Vehicles Will Transform Industries, Jobs and the Environment
The transition to electric vehicles is poised to reshape many industries, jobs, economies and the environment. Most of these shifts will be positive in the long run, but some will create disruption and pain during the transition off of fossil fuels.
Residential EV charging stations have the potential to be one of the largest segments of the smart home product market and perhaps will be a bigger market than that for home energy management devices. In the long-haul these products and markets will likely merge or at least be complementary integrated products. I estimate that just […]
Airport Retail (Not Gas Stations) Will Be the Model for Future Mega-Recharging Centers Along Highways
What will electric vehicle charging centers located along highways look like in the future? That remains to be seen but gas stations are clearly not a good model to replicate. A better model is the retail and services model that has become popular at airports around the world. Charging Is A Different “Refueling” Paradigm Gas […]
What does the rest of 2018 hold in store for electric vehicles? My December CleanTechnica predictions article, “2 Dozen Electric Vehicle Predictions For 2018,” generated hundreds of comments and some great conversation about likely EV trends happening in 2018. That engagement inspired me to then seek out predictions from several industry experts. So, to explore […]