Tackling the Challenges of Electric Vehicle Fast Charging
White Paper Overview
With the number of battery electric vehicles (BEV) models on the market steadily growing, and pressure from governments to drive vehicle emissions down to zero, BEVs are gaining traction. One of the biggest complaints about BEVs has been their range when compared to internal combustion (IC) engine vehicles. The large majority of available BEVs achieve ranges of around 160 km (100 miles) which is more than enough to cover the average daily commute, which often lies at around 10 to 20 kilometers.
The car is, however, not a single activity transport tool. The daily commute is often combined with the school run, taking the kids to after-school activities, and a quick trip to the supermarket. Once all of these extras are considered, the charge level of such EVs lies uncomfortably close to empty for some consumers. And, unlike their IC counterparts, they cannot be simply fully refueled in a few minutes. Contemplating a longer journey, interspersed with stops for recharging, is simply not a tenable option.
Fueling of vehicles needs to take on a completely new approach. Our current concept, driving to, or stopping at, a refueling station, will remain relevant but perhaps only on longer journeys. It is more likely that charging of EVs will be undertaken while parked at our employers, while shopping, or at transport hubs, ensuring that the vehicle is ready for our onward journey.
In this white paper, explore the growing electric vehicle market and the demands it is placing on society to deliver battery-charging solutions that, as far as possible, emulate the ease of refueling that consumers and businesses experience today.