Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular as consumers become increasingly conscious of their carbon footprint and the effects of climate change. However, a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) has revealed that there are still issues with the infrastructure of electric vehicles, in particular, the reliability of charging stations. In this article, we will dive into what this means for EV drivers in the US and how they can avoid running out of juice while on the go. We’ll also look at how automakers, businesses, and governments can work together to provide reliable charging solutions for drivers across America.
Why EV charging stations are unreliable
If you’re an electric vehicle (EV) owner in the United States, you may have experienced first-hand the reliability issues plaguing EV charging stations across the country. A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found that EV charging station outages are “a significant barrier to wider adoption of EVs.”
The study analyzed data from more than 1,100 public and private EV charging stations in the U.S., finding that they experience an average of nearly four outages per year. That might not sound like much, but when you consider that a single outage can last for several hours or even days, it becomes clear that this is a major problem.
What’s causing all these outages? According to the NREL study, the vast majority are due to problems with the electricity grid, which supplies power to charging stations. This is particularly true in areas with older infrastructure, where outages are more common.
But it’s not just the grid that’s to blame; charger hardware and software can also cause problems. In fact, charger downtime was found to be twice as high at stations with older equipment. And while there have been some improvements in charger reliability in recent years, the NREL study found that “the gap between customer expectations and actual experience remains large.”
The potential consequences of unreliable EV charging stations
According to a new study, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States are plagued by reliability issues. The study, conducted by the independent research firm Gartner, found that nearly one-third of EV charging stations in the country are unreliable.
The potential consequences of these unreliable EV charging stations are significant. For one, it could lead to longer wait times for drivers looking to charge their EVs. In addition, it could also lead to a decrease in the number of people who are willing to switch to an EV, as they may perceive the lack of reliable charging stations as a barrier to ownership.
These potential consequences underscore the need for improved reliability at EV charging stations. The good news is that many companies are already working on improving the reliability of their chargers. With continued investment and effort, it’s likely that these reliability issues will eventually be resolved.
What needs to be done to improve the reliability of EV charging stations
It is no secret that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States are plagued by reliability issues. A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has found that, on average, EV charging stations in the United States are down for nearly two days each year.
The study, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, analyzed data from more than 3,000 public and private EV charging stations across the country. The data was collected over a period of four years, from 2013 to 2017.
According to the study, the average EVcharging station is down for 1.8 days each year. However, the length of time that a charging station is out of service can vary widely, from a few hours to several days. The vast majority of outages are caused by equipment failures, such as power surges or electrical faults. Other causes of outages include bad weather, construction work, and technical difficulties with the charger itself.
While the findings of the study are certainly not good news for EV owners, there is some silver lining to be found here. First, it is important to note that the number of charging stations has increased dramatically in recent years, so even though they are down for an average of 1.8 days each year, this still represents a significant improvement over previous years when there were far fewer stations available. Second, many of these out