In an Automotive World article, Guidehouse Insights discusses charging challenges and solutions for plug-in electric vehicle owners
As sales for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) increase year-over-year, automakers, organizations, and cities are now faced with the challenge of building enough charging infrastructure to accommodate more PEVs on the road.
In an article for Automotive World, Sam Abuelsamid, principal research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, discussed measures being taken to build a robust charging infrastructure.
For city residents, who often live in multi-unit buildings, access to an electrical outlet for charging is not always feasible. Cities are recognizing this challenge and are working to update building codes, requiring new homes and apartment managers to provide PEV charging in their facilities. Companies are also building infrastructure at their offices to help accommodate employees with PEVs.
For charging stations, especially those with multiple DC fast chargers, the challenge is ensuring there is enough electrical capacity to feed all chargers. Abuelsamid proposed upgrading charging facilities with stationary battery systems to buffer electricity from the grid at a rate that can be supported and then feed multiple PEVs.
“At a larger scale, there is enough electrical generation capacity to support the expected PEV fleet needs in the coming decade,” Abuelsamid said. “However, it will take careful planning and upgrades of many elements in the supply chain to reliably fuel that fleet.”