Charging Up: Building up the infrastructure for electric vehicles
Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)
As the transition to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates globally, a corresponding exponential increase in supporting infrastructure is required to facilitate recharging these vehicles in the multitude of locations where they will dwell. With increasing numbers of EVs on the roads, we have observed technological advances in vehicle- and infrastructure-side hardware as well as supporting software. Much can be learned from the experience to date of seasoned industry participants across the domains both domestic and public, plus the service providers both front end and back end, in how to deliver abundant, reliable, safe, user-friendly and profitable infrastructure. How does the industry scale up in a cost-efficient manner and establish profitable business models for all stakeholders? How do we accelerate the rollout process, more rapidly overcoming common bureaucratic and technical bottlenecks? What are the grid implications of simultaneously charging multiple EVs and what are the tools at our disposal to prevent the need for costly reinforcement and upgrades?