Combating the charging conundrum
To drive up EV sales, easy, affordable access to public charging infrastructure will have to be ensured.
Today, most EV charging takes place at residences and workplaces. Consumers will increasingly expect the same services and convenience for EVs as they do for conventional vehicles.
In the European Union (EU), the 2014 Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFID) recommended that EU member states reach 10 EVs per public charger by 2020. However, in the United States, the number of EVs on roads outpaced the number of public charging points, with about 18 EVs per charging point in 2021, and in the EU, the average EV to charger ratio was 14. China is faring better, with an average of seven EVs per charger, bringing the global average down.
The BEV automakers are addressing charging awareness through in-car navigation capable of rerouting to the nearest charging stations that aren't as busy and account for other recharging needs. Currently, most governments globally, from the US to UK and India, are incentivizing automakers to scale the manufacturing of electric cars. However, government interventions are also required to ensure easy access to charging infrastructure. There is a need to regulate and standardize the format of charging ports, connectors, and equipment to avoid creating redundant, largely incompatible networks and charging gaps.