Petrol Stations Are Perfect For Charging An Electric Vehicle
As EVs are becoming more popular, petrol stations could play a big role in the much needed charging network.
It is expected that within the next ten years the global automotive industry will spend $300+ billion on E-mobility projects. Moreover, by 2035 over 40% of all cars sold will be electric. That means that the Electric Vehicle is growing fast in popularity, both with the industry as well as with the costumer.
Logically, the more EVs there are out on the road, the more chargers are needed. The majority of EV owners (70% to 80%) are able to charge at home. However, most people in Europe – and in China – live in apartments and don’t have a private parking space, meaning their cars are parked on the street. This makes is less easy for them to install a charger at home. Instead, they are depended on infrastructures made by local governments and businesses. And as the popularity of Electric Vehicles is rising, this may become a problem.
The solution for the Electric vehicles’ charging problem is not far
One option could be charging the car at work. The company just needs to install more EV chargers at its parking space. The problem with this, however, is that when most of its employees start driving EVs, every parking spot needs a charger and installing those is a heck of an infrastructural operation.
So, why not use the already existing infrastructure of petrol stations? This may not sound obvious at first hand, but think about it. Petrol stations are located at important places of already existing driving patterns. The only thing that needs to be changed, or rather: added, are charging poles. Moreover, it’s proven that when there is a charging opportunity every 75 miles, the consumer is more willing to buy an Electric vehicle.
Obviously, this is already happening in some places. However, before this can become a reality, some issues need to be taken care of.
The big variety of EV charging solutions
Right now the charging infrastructure is not customer-friendly. The customer has a variety of networks it needs to choose from. For every network a subscription is needed, meaning that the customer can easily end up with several memberships at several networks just because he needs to charge his cars.
This should be better, suppliers should hook up and start collaborating if they want their business to grow along with the demand. A good example of a company working on that is Gilbarco Veeder-Root. They are working at a singular network for all EV-owners to use.
Charging time is an issue
Right now, fast chargers are able to charge and Electric Vehicle in 30 minutes. However, fueling up a petrol-car takes about five minutes. Meaning: an EV loses it from a petrol-car in that aspect. Techniques are being developed to charge an EV in five to ten minutes. When that happens, the EV and the petrol-car are on a par again.
Petrol stations can play a key role in the E-mobility industry
Of course, the shift from petrol to Electricity won’t happen in a day. However that does not mean that we should not anticipate on what’s coming. The popularity of Electric Vehicles is only growing and petrol stations have a big opportunity at hand to become a big player in it. With the right infrastructure, fleet management and service solutions those stations can create a key role for themselves in the E-mobility evolution.