As the Zero Emission Vehicle revolution gathers pace, landlords as well as property occupiers are starting to wake up to what it means for them in terms of having to pick up the cost of installing and potentially operating EV infrastructure.
Prompted by recent EU legislation and government targets, a growing number of local authorities are looking at incorporating EV infrastructure requirements into local planning policy. Unfortunately this means that property owners and occupiers are likely to pick up the cost for installing much of the new infrastructure - the expense of which can be significant - particularly in relation to rapid charging.
No surprise then that landlords are monitoring the development of technology that could in future facilitate the rapid charging of EV vehicles on a service station forecourt within minutes rather than hours. The innovation of fast charge technology could ultimately reduce the need for as great an expenditure on workplace and home based rapid charging infrastructure. More efficient batteries, such as those unveiled by Piech and Qingdao TGOOD that can be charged in minutes rather than hours, are one example. Another is the innovation of mobile charging units, like those being developed by FireWire (see linked article), that are not tied to geographical location, especially when they are able to charge at a lower rate and subsequently provide an accelerated "boost" charge.
Whether these innovations will end up delivering any or part of the solution to the considerable needs of charging a national EV vehicle fleet remains to be proven.
New 120kW Boost Charger FreeWire makes two electric vehicle chargers, the 80kWh Mobi Charger capable of charging up to 10 vehicles per day at 15kW; and the new, static 120kW DC fast charging Boost Charger, unveiled earlier this month in London at MOVE 2019. “Our new Boost Charger has the same DC output as a Tesla Supercharger but the same grid impact as a Tesla home charger,” said Sosinov. Quick and cheap installation Both the Mobi and Boost are infrastructure-light and swift to deploy, requiring a simple plug into mains power, compared to the months of planning regulations for the installation of typical rapid chargers. Moreover, the Mobi Charger costs 10 times less to deploy than installing a standard rapid charging unit, and its operating costs are 80% lower