It’s no secret that gaps in charging infrastructure are one of the biggest obstacles in the way of EV adoption. While some local governments have taken the lead on rolling out new chargers, this can be very pricey. We’ve seen some creative ideas to cut costs, like converting lamp posts into EV chargers. But we need more solutions to cut costs and make installing new charging infrastructure easier.
One potential piece of the puzzle might be mobile charging systems. These have the potential to serve temporary charging needs. These complete charging systems can also be deployed more easily and for potentially less cost than permanent installations.
Charging vans are going to be necessary
Charging vans could possibly be some of the most flexible charging solutions available. First off, they can solve the ever-looming problem of running out of battery. Without mobile charging solutions your only option when you run out of battery is a costly tow. But with these new mobile charging vans, roadside assistance can come top you off.
The ease of deploying these vans means they can quickly be sent to hot spots where charging is needed. But for larger deployments, like at music festivals, these new container chargers might be helpful. These new chargers from Audi contain 3 e-Tron battery packs, reducing stress on the grid.
This means these new chargers can be deployed anywhere. There’s no difficult electrical work to do. It’s plug-and-play, without the need for 240V power. Not only can this be deployed anywhere with ease, but it could also be a cheaper method for deploying permanent charging infrastructure.
While the cost of batteries is bound to drive up costs, it might be cheaper to deploy in some places. Rather than tearing up electrical infrastructure to install fast charging capabilities, you can just plug this in.
I’m not saying this will be a cheaper charging solution in general, because in the majority of situations it won’t be. But in cases where tearing up old electrical infrastructure might be very costly, this solution could help fill charging gaps. We don’t want deploying chargers to every older neighborhood to be completely cost-prohibitive.
You won’t see these container chargers everywhere. But their ease of deployment will help fill in some of the gaps in our current charging networks. And you’ll definitely see them popping up in hot tourist spots and music festivals. These mobile charging solutions have the potential to solve so many problems I didn’t even know we had.
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