Electric powered vehicles are one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel. Not only do they help protect the planet, but they can also save car owners money in the long run. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone is currently on board with EV ownership. Although electric vehicles are slated to make up 54% of all new car sales worldwide by 2040, many Americans have been slow to make the change.
There are a few different reasons for this, of course. But in order for the United States to charge ahead with reducing carbon emissions, it’s essential that we work to dismantle the barriers to widespread EV ownership that currently exist. Here are a few challenges and concerns that we can overcome.
Lack of EV Education
The current generation of EVs has been on the road for over a decade, but not everyone understands their full value. There are still a number of pervasive misconceptions about electric vehicles and the use of EV stations. Some people think EVs are more trouble than they’re worth, or they worry about the time required to charge their vehicle. After all, they don’t realize that driving an EV will save them time. Other drivers may think it’s too difficult to find a rental property or workplace that offers electric car charging stations. They might be afraid of experiencing “range anxiety” related to charging. They may even assume that an EV will cost more in fuel and maintenance than their current internal combustion engine (ICE) car. While these concerns are understandable, they usually disappear after a few months of owning an electric car. In order to encourage widespread use of electric vehicles, it’s important to educate drivers about driving and charging electric cars.
Accessibility to Public EV Stations
Until now, most people who own an electric vehicle also have an electric car charging station at home. In a “chicken and egg” situation, this is because most drivers will not buy an electric car unless they know they can charge. It’s easier for homeowners with access to a garage to buy a residential charging station so they can charge overnight while they sleep. But for the millions of Americans who live in apartments, condominiums, or other multifamily communities without personal garages, EV charging stations are needed in community parking. Now, many apartment property managers and homeowners associations are starting to install personal and shared charging stations in an effort to satisfy resident demand and attract new tenants.
But what about when you leave home? Many workplaces and public parking are installing charging stations for employees and guests. Going on a road trip? EV owners often research charging station locations before leaving on a road trip, but that can limit where they can travel. That’s why forward-thinking hotels, national parks, and travel destinations are now installing charging stations to attract guests. This increased availability of public chargers helps Americans feel comfortable buying an electric car, but more stations are needed to truly support all drivers.
Low Awareness of Car Charging Stations
The last reason why it can be difficult to switch from a gas car to an electric car is that charging represents a paradigm shift. When people traveled by horse and carriage, they had to stop to feed or rest the animals. When people travel using a gas car, they need to make a five minute pit stop at the gas station every 300-400 miles. When people travel using an electric car, they just need to plug in while they run other errands. Because EVs charge where they are parked, drivers can plug in at home or at work. And if they need to charge while out and about, they can use a station locator to find public charging stations nearby. The first time they search for a charging station on an app such as Google Maps, Plugshare, or SemaConnect, many new EV drivers are surprised to discover that there are already stations at a nearby grocery store or parking garage. Once drivers know how to find a charging station, it’s easier to travel without fear or running out of juice. There are already charging stations installed in public places, you just need to know how to look!
When it comes to electrification and charging networks, education makes all the difference. SemaConnect supports EV education and simplicity in charging. Property managers can support the next generation of EV drivers and electrification by installing smart networked charging stations at your multifamily, workplace, or public parking. To get started with EV charging at your facility, contact your SemaConnect sales manager today!.
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