Electrification in Europe is progressing at a high speed. According to the new passenger car registration data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, about 250,300 new passenger plug-in cars were registered in H1 2019, with a year-over-year growth rate of 35.2% and a market share of 3.0% (compared to 2.1% a year earlier). The top three markets by volume are Germany (up 40.3%), Norway (up 22.9%), and France (up 34.5%), while the UK experienced a slowdown after the government scrapped financial incentives.
The widespread effort to mitigate climate change by cutting carbon emissions is accelerating the EV roadmap in most countries. By improving the e-infrastructure and making it more accessible, people will be more likely to make the switch and buy alternatively-fuelled vehicles – at least, this is the wish.
But, when it comes to rolling out the EV charging stations network, some City managers and local authorities might have a hard time because of relevant initial investments and some technical issues. One of the most common solutions is to place EV charging stations at local petrol stations or in existing parking facilities, where they would be easily capable of handling power needs. This would of course require some collaboration with oil companies and their retail organizations.
Getting out of City centres, EV infrastructural plans could be shared with highway authorities, taking advantage of their road maintanance and funding schedules. This would prioritize high-traffic roads, while local itineraries or country lanes might be barely considered, although their communities might be interested in the EV transformation as well.
Regardless of EV charging stations location, decisions around electrification are becoming quite urgent. Forward-looking Cities and mobility operators are taking EVs as part of a comprehensive smart vision, where technology supports the transition towards more sustainable, efficient, and resilient Cities.
The idea is to connect EV charging stations to the existing or upcoming urban network, enabling full remote monitoring and innovative e-mobility applications. Investing in multipurpose, interoperable technologies is – as we often mention – the background to make this vision come true, and take EV as an opportunity to speed up innovation and the adoption of smart technologies.