Auto execs question need for widespread public charging infrastructure
The panelists suggested that most U.S. electric car buyers will find home charging more than sufficient to meet their needs. Robert Bienenfeld, Honda's senior manager of energy and strategy, suggests that although a widespread charging infrastructure may be required in order to convince buyers to adopt the new technology, he admits that "very little charging is needed in the public sector." Bienenfeld adds that the many of the chargers that will be installed in the coming years will become what he calls "stranded assets." This loosely translates to unused pieces of equipment that cost someone a lot of money.
The panelists also noted that advancements in battery technology will continue to extend the range of EVs, thus negating the need for public chargers for most drivers. In addition, range anxiety is now thought to be less of a concern as consumers gradually gain an understanding of electric vehicles. While we certainly don't have a problem with public chargers popping up everywhere, we feel obliged to ask you: is there really a need?
[Source: Green Car Advisor]
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