How Do We Get Chargers In Dense Urban Areas?

In many places EV charging infrastructure is being massively expanded. But there are still some areas that are going to be difficult to bring chargers to. Especially in dense urban residential areas, where space can be more of a limiting factor than money. But one company in the UK might have a solution.

A trial of “pop-up” chargers in the UK has been deemed a success, as reported by Green Car Reports. Urban Electric installed these chargers last year, and they say people have been really satisfied with them.

They’re trying to solve a difficult problem, how do you get chargers to people who park on the street? It’s probably not the best idea to just have chargers sitting on the side of the road ready to be hit. And you can’t just obstruct the entire sidewalk either.

These chargers sit flush with the sidewalk when not in use. When activated they rise out of the ground to show a fully-featured EV charger. And it looks super cool.

We’ve previously taken a look at converting lamp posts into EV chargers. These have the added benefit of already being a power source, but these pop-up chargers could be a good alternative where that isn’t possible.

Both of these solutions have one thing in common, they both require the driver to supply the cable. When we talked about the lamp post chargers we focused on the implementation of the smart charging cable. I think the solution to all charging problems, both urban and rural, can be solved with a standard for these cables.

There are plenty of different charging standards out there. You can’t even use some chargers unless you have the right adapter. But what if all chargers had a standard port you could plug into? Then every car could have a universal adapter, that could work with every charger.

That will probably not happen unless government regulations force that kind of change. It makes sense that companies like Tesla would want to make their charging coverage a selling point of their cars. You can buy an adapter to use the Tesla Superchargers. But all gas stations work exactly the same, no matter who is selling you the fuel. So why shouldn’t Tesla just be okay with selling the power?

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Could Mobile Charging Solve Our Charging Woes?

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.

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Wanna Roll Out EV Charging Quick? Use Lamp Posts!

Rolling out more EV charging infrastructure has always been a difficult task. Installing new chargers is very costly. But there’s already a source of power right at the side of the street, lamp posts. And a street in London has had 24 lamp posts converted for EV charging. Let’s take a walk down to Electric Avenue, W9.

Quick and easy installation

The biggest advantage of lamp post EV charging is the ease of installation. Installing a standard EV charging station can cost thousands of dollars. Most parking spots don’t just have a high voltage power socket right next to them. But adding EV charging to a lamp post is easy, it already has power.

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The Tesla V3 Supercharging Network is What EVs Need to Go Mainstream

Tesla Supercharger V3

As it is right now, charging your electric car on the go can be one of the most annoying aspects of owning an EV. Tesla seems to have already largely solved the problem of getting to your destination, with them claiming 99% charging coverage in North America. While on average over 80% of charging is done at home, spending time charging on a road trip is an unavoidable obstacle. Having large infotainment screens with Netflix softens the blow, but wasting time charging just makes your journey longer.

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New Bill Introduced By AOC is a Dream For EV Owners

AOC electric vehicle bill

To this day range anxiety is still one of the biggest pills to swallow when considering an electric car. Whenever you decide to venture out of the city you don’t want to be bound by inconsistent coverage of charging networks.

For electric cars to fully take off in the US we need more chargers. Not everyone is able to charge at home, and driving across town to some random charger at a hotel isn’t a very attractive option. And for electric cars to be seriously seen as a viable alternative to gas by consumers they need to be able to get everywhere.

Being able to get everywhere is the primary goal of a new bill outlined on Thursday by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andy Levin. The Electric Vehicle Freedom Act is an acknowledgment of the rapid growth the electric car industry is set to experience in the next few years.

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