Thu. Sep 21st, 2023
    The Challenges Facing the U.S. Charging Landscape for Electric Vehicles

    Automakers are investing heavily in the development of new electric vehicles (EVs), but American consumers are still hesitant to embrace them, largely due to concerns around charging infrastructure. The lack of charging stations in certain areas has been cited as a major barrier to the adoption of EVs. However, efforts are underway to expand and improve the U.S. charging landscape.

    President Joe Biden has been actively pushing for incentives to improve public charging, and rival automakers have formed partnerships to establish a single charging standard and address the pain points for EV drivers. Despite these efforts, the question remains as to how long and severely charging infrastructure will hinder the EV revolution.

    For most EV owners, charging primarily takes place at home using a Level 2 charger provided by the automaker or a third party. However, public charging stations are still necessary, especially for those who do not have access to home charging or require additional charging while on long trips. Workplaces, hotels, shopping centers, and other destinations are increasingly offering charging stations to accommodate EV owners.

    While home charging is the most common method, fast chargers are also essential for EV drivers on the go. Tesla has a significant advantage in this area, with its Supercharging network that was designed to address concerns about charging during road trips. However, charging options for non-Tesla EVs using the Combined Charging System (CCS) are not as widely available or reliable.

    Efforts are underway to improve the charging landscape and overcome the barriers to EV adoption in the United States, including expanding public charging infrastructure and standardizing charging systems. These developments will play a crucial role in the success of the EV revolution.

    Sources: Cox Automotive, Consumer Reports, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, JD Power