One of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases in the transportation sector. As consumer behavior shifts to greener and more sustainable ways, the call to buy electric vehicles becomes louder and louder. With many incentives coming from both the private and public sectors, purchasing an EV can give you a lot of perks. However, current EV users see several challenges in filling up their units. Not everyone can purchase their own home EV charger thus building public EV charger infrastructure in strategic locations should be addressed alongside the drive for EV adoption. One can’t sure go without the other.
Aside from this, the public demands more diverse charging options. Depending on one’s lifestyle, work, etc, we all differ on how we use our cars, therefore different power requirements. This is what EV consumers are in most need at the moment. How can you use your electric car for a long drive when you haven’t sufficiently charged your vehicle. Not only this, people worry that if they’re caught up in a certain area they will not be able to find a reliable and available charging station.
In this article featured in Mashable, the issue regarding public EV chargers and how far are we from our vision of a more sustainable transportation system has been discussed in detail. They write, “The U.S. has 84,000 public chargers and growing. California alone has 67,343 of them (including Tesla chargers), followed by Texas, Florida, and New York with only several thousand plugs each. Tesla’s Supercharger network has nearly 1,000 stations nationwide, but, as a VIP club, those are only available to Tesla vehicles. Meanwhile, Tesla drivers can use any public EV charging network, like EVgo, ChargePoint, or Electrify America.”