Ev charger-charging into the future

The EV charger revolution is a fast-moving one, and there’s a lot about consumer behavior that will have to be learned as the network takes shape. That’s why EA will proceed in four phases, using the lessons learned at each step to allocate resources more efficiently in the next. “Realistically I think we’ll get more data out of phase 1 when we’re already well into phase 2 because of the gap in time it took to get phase 1 started,” says Jones. “But certainly as we move into phase 3 we’ll have a lot of robust data, and we’ll look at utilization time on the chargers, when and where they’re being utilized, what state of charge did the vehicles come in at, what’s the optimum spacing we have to have for charging on the highways, what type of density in the city, what charging rates.”

“It’s much harder today to install a DC fast charger in the inner city than it is on the highway,” Jones points out. “On the highway, you have an abundance of land. You just need to make a deal. So we have to arrive at models that allow us to still have redundancy, meaning that 2 drivers, or 3 or 4, can pull up at once and charge, and that if you do have a unit down, you can still deliver charging. In the inner city model, we’re going to learn all that.”

“We know that we have an increasing population that’s moving [into city centers], so we need to find out, as the population, especially the millennials, migrate more out of single-family homes into urban dwellings, what type of public charging do they need? And hopefully this model gives us some great insights, not necessarily for the next 5 years but certainly for the next 10 years.”