For those about to take the leap into an electric vehicle, or a whole fleet, there is encouraging news both short term and long term. Right now, multinational automation company Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) is launching its new Terra HP (high power) electric vehicle charger, which can safely charge an EV enough for 200 km of motoring in just eight minutes. The all-weather units are suitable for use in rest areas and motorway service centres. In the medium term, charging systems are likely to take a fur ther step to inductive (contactless) systems. Simply drive in, park, pay and walk away. A Kiwi star t-up, Powerbyproxi, had gone a fair way down the inductive charging trail when it was bought out by Apple Inc. in late 2017. Their technology began at the smartphone level and could be very simply upscaled for other applications such as cars. Longer term but in a parallel development, an Auckland University project has proposed installing pads in the road surface that would provide charging inductively and also support telephone transmissions. The pads would be impervious to installation methods, weight and shocks from traffic and would be clustered around intersections in a city’s CBD.