Charging Impedes Advancement of Mass Production of Electric Cars

The range of an electric car determines the battery life available to travel the remaining mileage to a destination. The range often gives travelers either hope or despair. Travelers who are new to electric vehicles are likely to miss the difference between a level 2 charger and a rare level 3 charger. 

Before the COVID-19 epidemic hit the world, the vehicle industry planned to invest about $141 billion to equip supply chains in a revolutionary change from internal combustion engines to battery-driven cars. According to a recent survey, about one-third of U.S. drivers opt to go for an electric car next time they purchase a vehicle. 

New electric car models planned for production are to have a 200-mile charging range. Reaching a charging range of 200-mile is a milestone because, for so long, battery capacity grounded the market for electric motors. Most areas in the U.S. lack charging stations, consultants like McKinsey say that this reality may turn out to be the biggest constraint to mass electric vehicle adoption in America.

Americans drive averagely 37 miles every day; this distance is easily covered by most electric vehicles on the market. Nick Nigro said the market’s inhibiting factor is that many fear being stranded on the roadside while in their electric cars. 

Finding a fast charger for electric motors posses another challenge. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy Data Center show that 64,000 vehicle-charging plugs exist. Only one in every five can fully recharge a depleted machine in less than one hour. Most of the charging stations are basically for shoppers or commuters, not for long-distance travelers.

In a few weeks, the world’s mass electric vehicle outlet plans to begin powering cars. According to BloombergNEF, only 8% of those cords are in the U.S. The Coronavirus aggravated the charging gap because of deep economic uncertainties, disruption of production, and decline in gasoline prices. Worldwide electric vehicle sales are to decline by 18%, to almost 1.7 million units this year. 

EVgo, a company based in Los Angeles, operates 815 fast-charging plugs in the U.S. Roughly 115 million Americans stay within a 15-minute drive from an EVgo charging station. The company stationed chargers in clusters near vast traffic areas. The location of new EVgo charging plugs factor in the population density, owners of electric vehicles, and traffic at existing stations. 

ChargePoint is another company that controls a share of the electric vehicle charging sector. The company owns 715 fast-charging plugs and thousands of slow-charging stations, which primarily target areas where electric vehicles are in use.

Motor vehicle production companies look up to EVgo, ChargePoint, and other charging companies to fill the charging gap in attaining the vision of zero-emission cars. 

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