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As EVs surge, where will they charge?

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 Is 2019 the pivotal year for development in EVs? A new report from Transport & Environment says that the market is about to surge. So where will all these vehicles charge? How can this surge impact the total cost of living? New Electric Avenue episode brings a discussion about this report, as well as an interview with a CEO of the world's largest EV charging provider, plus we try to explain the challenges and opportunities that the current hot weather brings to the EV world...


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Matt Chester on Aug 1, 2019 9:35 pm GMT

 So where will all these vehicles charge?

I'm a huge advocate of EVs, and it's an essential step towards decarbonization, but these questions are right. Heck, even having recently purchased my first EV has shown how much there still is to go in terms of infrastructure and convenience. I'm happy to consult my several apps and online tools to plan out where I'll charge on longer trips, but not everyone has the willingness and patience to work with a still emerging field. It's got to become beyond easy for the mass market to adopt. 

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Julia Bircakova on Aug 8, 2019 2:36 pm GMT

Hi Matt, couldn't agree more. I mean, this industry is still in its infancy (though growing up quickly). If you need to do more than charge at home it can still be a hassle, and those of us "early adopters" are willing to accept that hassle but yeah most people aren't. Its not happening fast enough but charging is becomig more ubiquitous, and I mean as we discuss in the episode, Chargepoint's whole business model (and GreenWay is moving there too) is to help destinatios (restaurants, hotels, gyms, arenas, movie theaters, malls, etc) provide charging infrastructuer for their guests/employees/tenants, so people can charger wherever they are (rather than going to a special charging/gas station). The issue of roaming/different operators will I think be resolved ove time (just like it was with mobile phones) but also a few years away. Long distance driving will still haev its own character/needs, but as vehicle range grows significantly, you'll have to charge about as often as you refule your ICE car, so it won't be an overwhelming burden in the near future. Long story short you're right, but the business practices and technologies are moving in the right direction. Once more vehicles hit the market, that will accelerate the needs to provide chargers too. In the meantime, enjoy your still-early-adopter status :) 

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Matt Chester on Aug 8, 2019 5:30 pm GMT

I didn't think that I was all that early, but given the incredulous looks and puzzled questions from friends and family on how I'd 'manage' having 'only' an electric car I've quickly learned that you're right! Thanks for your insights on the emerging markets, Julia

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