The Biden administration revealed plans earlier this year to speed up the adoption of electric cars (EVs) and expand charging stations around the country, with the objective to achieve 500,000 new stations by 2030.
It’s a lofty goal that will necessitate technological solutions as well as close collaboration between the public and commercial sectors. If it succeeds, the plan might go a long way to making electric vehicles far more common than they are now.
According to the US Department of Energy, there are now roughly 102,000 public charging plugs spread across 42,000 charging stations across the country. That falls far short of the White House’s stated goal and lags far behind the growth of other parts of the world.
One of the most significant impediments to widespread adoption is a poor charging experience. According to consultancy company Deloitte, the lack of extensive charging stations — and the trouble this may cause vehicle owners — is among the most significant reasons preventing people from purchasing electric vehicles. But it isn’t simply the scarcity of charging stations that is a problem. One in every five electric vehicle owners in California, which has a third of the nation’s charging stations, eventually converts back to a gas-propelled vehicle due to charging convenience.
Consumers charging electric vehicles in the United States now have a less-than-pleasant experience. The EV charging infrastructure is a muddled mess of proprietary software and hardware that is complicated and far from user-friendly. Almost every network asks drivers to download the application and set up an account, which means they have to pass over unneeded personal details each time they go to the gas station.
The networks do not communicate with one another in a way that is beneficial to the user. If you possess a Tesla vehicle and use Tesla chargers, you may just plug in, and this system will begin the charging process immediately. Because you don’t require applications or an account, it’s a lovely experience that everybody in the sector should strive sfor.
However, none of that efficiency is available if you charge your Tesla at a facility that isn’t owned or maintained by Tesla. To use the charger, you must download a new application and register a new account. If you possess a non-Tesla vehicle, on the other hand, you won’t be able to utilize a Tesla charger (currently) since Tesla does have its network.
Compare this to what is occurring in Europe, where there exists at least the impression of unified infrastructure with roaming deals in place, and where Electric Vehicle drivers can access numerous networks using a single application. Furthermore, when it relates to the plug which electric vehicles must have, Europe has set requirements. It’s a free-for-all in the United States, with no regulations in place for compatible software or plugs.