Published on October 12, 2019 |
from guest staff
October 12, 2019 by guest employees
Originally written on EV-bite and EVANNEX.
by Denis Gurskiy
The year 1908 was the world's first affordable mass car that drove on strangely skimpy roads. The transition from horse-drawn carriages to gas-powered cars officially began. After some back and forth, electric and steam powered options did not make it into the mainstream. From today's point of view, gasoline was probably not the best option for the environment, but we are (at least) working to fix it now.
|A look at one of Tesla's supercharger stations (source: Tesla)|
In a world of divided ideology, there is one thing: sone can agree: the survival of this planet is mandatory Whether driven by regulation, individual companies or growing public support, the transition to a sustainable future is a crucial step forward. Electric cars will be part of this transition.
Electric vehicles have been gaining traction for almost a decade, with only limited market penetration compared to the entire auto industry. That is, things are changing fast. Tesla's all-electric Model 3 has recently become the best-selling car of all types in Norway and the Netherlands. Tesla alone has sold nearly one million electric cars worldwide. Regardless of what Big Oil might tell you, electric vehicles are not just another troubled fad.
With a steadily growing number of electric cars, the charging infrastructure is growing with a steady click. Tesla's proprietary charging system now has 1,604 charging stations with 14,081 charging points. Earlier, when that number made up the vast majority of available chargers, the doubters said electric vehicles were just a gimmick praised by another over-hyped Silicon Valley company. Now Tesla inspires traditional automakers from Detroit to Munich to introduce electric vehicles into their fleet of gas-powered trucks and passenger cars.
Yes, Big Auto shows (finally) interest in electric cars. Volkswagen is investing $ 91 billion in electrification. Mercedes recently announced that it will stop the engine development and focus on electric vehicles. Almost everyone follows this example – thanks in large part to the foresight of Elon Musk and the execution of his team at Tesla.
|An EVgo charging station (source: Evgo)|
In addition, EV charging companies such as Ionity, ChargePoint, Blink and others are investing in the future. EVgo has over 750 charging stations in the US alone. Meanwhile, Electrify America is investing $ 2 billion in the charging infrastructure over a 10-year period. By the end of this year, 2,000 charging stations are to be distributed to 500 stations in the USA.
And Tesla is also making progress – a Supercharger station in California offers users a private lounge experience with comfortable seating, charging stations and of course coffee. And with the upcoming expansion of Supercharger V3 stations worldwide, more solar-powered stations are expected to be built (many are already in development).
Change is coming. With the transition of car buyers to a new electrical lifestyle also increases the corresponding infrastructure. At the moment, however, charging stations are often on a handful of parking spaces – sometimes hidden on the back of a parking lot. Do they lack the comfort that the public expects from today's gas stations?
Gas stations themselves feel the opportunity. Wawa began working with Tesla to place its compressors against its gas pumps. Even oil companies such as BP, Repsol and Shell are expanding their service stations to include chargers for electric vehicles. As it turns out, future gas stations may not have to rely on gasoline at all.
This distant future is already emerging today. In Maryland, the first gas station was opened, was promoted at the oil. A similar change is taking place abroad. Circle K made the move to Norway and replaced all pumps with chargers for electric vehicles at one of its gas stations.
|Above: A gas station that has been completely converted into a charging station for electric vehicles in Maryland (YouTube: Richard Hartnett)|
Yes, the transition to cleaner and greener vehicles is beginning to emerge. In retrospect, in 1908, the big question arose: Where can you feed these new horse-drawn carriages? The answer for electric cars today (often) directly in your garage. But for road trips around the world there are already exciting new solutions for electric vehicles.
Related Topics: Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles: Guidelines for Cities – # CleanTechnica Report
An earlier version of this article appeared on EVBite. EVBite is an electric vehicle-specific news site designed to keep consumers up to date with developments in the ever-expanding EV landscape.