The news: The current state of public EV charging is a nightmare for electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid owners who can’t find enough public chargers that work properly, per The Verge.
The biggest blocker to AV adoption: A dearth of charging stations and the uncertainty of finding ones that work is why many consumers continue to buy gas and diesel vehicles. “Not only is the availability of public charging still an obstacle, but EV owners continue to be faced with charging station equipment that is inoperable,” said Brent Gruber, executive director of global automotive at JD Power.
A problem of scale: There are 41,000 public charging stations in the US, with more than 100,000 outlets. Maintaining these so that they are reliable and functional could be more labor-intensive than managing pumps in gas stations.
What’s next? President Biden announced plans in June to allot $5 billion to states to fund electric vehicle chargers over five years as part of the bipartisan infrastructure package.
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