As the popularity of electric cars increases, car makers are preparing to eventually shift production to them.
Electric cars have seen a significant rise in their adoption and this has reflected in the increased number of their charging stations. The number of the charging stations will only go up as manufacturers continue to build more having identified it as a potentially lucrative investment.
Worldwide all statistics show a big grow in the number of charging stations. However, it’s not enough that electric car charging stations are increasing. It’s also about the charging stations being able to meet all the needs of EV drivers. And if that is to happen in the near future, a lot of improvements have to take place.
For one, the types of chargers available at the charging stations have to change. AC chargers, which are commonly found in many charging stations, are not ideal for a number of reasons. They are slow charging and provide just 70 miles / 112km of range per hour.
This necessitates the need for more adoption of DC fast chargers or Level 3 chargers. These chargers are fast charging (about 80% charge in just 20-30 minutes) and have more range. They also save electric car drivers a lot of time.
Level 4 chargers will be the next advancement in electric car charging stations. They have no nameplate yet but it’s expected they will be faster than currently used chargers.
The easiest and most reliable method to know chargers’ potential speed is through its specifications. Tesla Supercharger V2 charges at 120 kW while the V3 charges at 250 kW. The goal of electric car charging stations is to improve the speed of their chargers.
Electrify America is already launching 350kW charging stations. There’s even talk of producing 450kW chargers which will redefine the speed of electric car charging. On paper, 450kW chargers should be able to add 62 miles of range in just three minutes!
The available crop of electric cars cannot charge at these incredible speeds. These incredibly fast chargers are made in preparation for more advanced and next generation electric vehicles.
Car companies are now manufacturing vehicles compatible with DC fast chargers. And the outdated level 2 chargers will no longer be in use eventually. Overall, more fast charging stations will be rolled out in America in the coming years. There’s already a sizeable number of DC fast charging stations in the country (about 10000). And that number is on the rise.
These fast chargers will allow electric car users make long-distance travels. The flexibility of electric cars means you can have an outlet (standard 240V) in your home to charge your vehicle. You can charge overnight so you have a fully charged vehicle in the morning. If you want a faster charging experience, then you should consider installing an EV charging station.
The current trend shows that EV charging space will become more popular and accessible in the future. Regulations that mandate installation of EV chargers in apartments have already been put in place in some areas. And more cities will definitely follow that trend.
Increased access to charging space will lead to more adoption of electric cars. There are lots of prospective EV drivers that have been discouraged to buy a car since they don’t have a charging space.
Integration of Automation
Automation has been applied to a lot of sectors and it’s only a matter of time before it makes its way to the electric vehicle industry. Self-serving technology is a feature auto companies are planning on adding to their vehicles.
Automated charging is another feature that will make things easier for EV users. Volkswagen’s concept is to have a robot bring a portable charger to designated parking spaces. You call for the robot when you need to charge and it finds you. This will save more time as you don’t have to drive to a charging station or wait in a queue. This may seem a bit complicated but anything is possible with advanced technology.
Tesla’s idea of automation is different from that of Volkswagen. And it wants to implement it in a world full of self-driving EV vehicles. It involves charging your car automatically by using some kind of “snake charger”. The charging takes place on its own without need for human intervention.
The goal of Tesla is to produce truly self-driving cars that pick people off and drop them at their destinations. These robotaxis will go back to their base and connect themselves to their chargers, waiting for the next call.
Robotaxis will not be the only good thing to come out when full self-driving is achieved. Owners of Tesla’s electric vehicles will benefit immensely from the self-driving feature. You can take a short nap on a road trip and engage the self-driving feature. This will make long-distance travels and overnight trips more convenient.
The Future Looks Bright
There’s still a lot to come out from the EV sector. All we’ve mentioned above aren’t fantasies or some wild futuristic dreams. These are achievable innovations and solutions that auto companies are already working on. And the future looks bright for electric vehicles.