Rethinking charging infrastructures » Tech T100

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The UK government announces a budget of 2,100 million dollars for the expansion of the infrastructure of charging stations for electric vehicles that aims to multiply its current number, thirty thousand, by a factor of ten, to reach a total of three hundred thousand chargers in all the country.

A truly ambitious plan that intends that anyone who has an electric vehicle can choose to charge it easily even if they do not have access to a garage at recharging points on the street, and that they can also charge it at high speed at highway service stations when find travel. If government plans are met, by 2030, when the sale of combustion vehicles is banned, there will be five times more charging points in the UK than the total number of petrol pumps currently in existence. In the United States, the government plan is to invest 7.5 billion dollars to build half a million charging points also before 2030.

But in addition, the British government’s plan reflects a need that is even more important than the mere existence of these charging points: it also requires a reliability rate of 99% for these infrastructures, in order to put an end to unusable or disconnected charging points. , requires that they be fully interoperable from all apps of location, and immediately accessible by means of a simple credit card contactlessending the nightmare apps owners with absurd processes of boarding that make a driver take an endless time to fill in all his information when all he wants is to recharge his vehicle.

When planning infrastructures like this, the most important thing is to apply a strategy of simplicity: arrive, plug in, recharge and pay. An electric vehicle is practically a computer. with wheels, which allows you to, as in the case of Tesla, do exactly that, without even having to take out a credit card. Your vehicle connects to the recharging point, and charges you for the electricity you have used on the card you have configured. If you also want to use apps to locate the recharging point or to compare its prices, you must be able to do so through the appropriate interoperability standards that prevent you from having only a partial image of the existing set of infrastructures.

If we add domestic charging points and establishments, such as hotels or restaurants, that are interested in offering charging points for their customers, we have a perfectly reasonable scenario to support an expansion of the electric vehicle that not only enables a more clean, but also, in the case of most countries, significantly reduce energy dependence and the bill it pays to third countries.

The example of the United Kingdom and the electric vehicle is very clear: we must bet on a technology understanding that it will behave as technologies usually behave, and understanding, therefore, that in not many years we will be talking about much more efficient and cheaper vehicles , and batteries with much more capacity. In this future scenario, proposing a total ban on the sale of dirty vehicles from the year 2030 is something that makes all the sense in the world, especially considering that several years before, there will already be many motorists who will decide not to buy a vehicle. of an obsolete technology whose sale will be prohibited a few years later.

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