So where do I plug my car in then?

Birmingham Post - - BUSINESS -

THE age of elec­tric car is upon us and the chal­lenge now is where you can plug in to power up.

Charg­ing at home is fine if you have off-street park­ing. Of course, many of us don’t.

Some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are now putting charg­ing points in lamp posts.

This is a great ini­tia­tive, but what hap­pens when elec­tric ve­hi­cles out­num­ber those with com­bus­tion engines?

For res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ers of apart­ments, should there be a re­quire­ment that charg­ing points are fit­ted (or can be read­ily retro-fit­ted) to ev­ery park­ing space?

The charg­ing is­sue is a ma­jor fac­tor in how much elec­tric ve­hi­cles will pro­lif­er­ate.

One of the key de­ter­rents to own­er­ship is ‘range anx­i­ety’.

The Govern­ment has al­lo­cated fund­ing to sup­port lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in their ef­forts to im­prove the elec­tric charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Cur­rently there are over 5,000 lo­ca­tions in the UK that have a pub­lic charg­ing point in­stalled and there are over 9,000 de­vices at th­ese lo­ca­tions, which have over 15,000 con­nec­tors.

Although th­ese are im­pres­sive sta­tis­tics, the num­ber of con­nec­tors and de­vices will need to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly to meet the de­mand from the increasing sales of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

Lengthy charge times is also an is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed.

Cur­rently, even with Tesla’s su­per­charg­ers, charg­ing can take 40 min­utes.

With­out suf­fi­cient com­pli­men­tary park­ing and charg­ing con­nec­tors, cus­tomers could face lengthy queues.

In time, bat­tery tech­nol­ogy will solve the range and time to charge is­sues, but an in­terim so­lu­tion may be nec­es­sary to stim­u­late de­mand and en­cour­age the con­sumer to trans­fer al­le­giance to elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

There’s cer­tainly a long way to go. John Roberts, Head of Au­to­mo­tive and Road­side, Col­liers In­ter­na­tional

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