There are many ways to recharge your electric cars, but in this article, I would like to point out that the 3 major roads that are important are in good shape today or will soon be. Even before we get the chargers that are being built based on the recently approved infrastructure bill, we are well covered.

  1. For long trips, Tesla seems to be its own and does not need any subsidies (this does not mean that it does not receive anything, the company does this whether or not it subsidizes). Tesla can build supercharges that charge all brands, so you get a lot of solutions.
  2. People who own a garage or townhouse (most people in the United States can buy a new car) can plug it in with the car charger that came with the car, so this is great.
  3. Apartments are a problem, but as I mentioned below, it is a problem that I think will be solved quickly in the next few years.

Opening the Tesla superchargers to other brands is a game that will change the way long distances.

As we have seen in more detail in this latest article, Tesla has launched its amazing Supercharger Network for other brands. In the US, ChaDeMO is a requirement to die outside of Japan, which could mean CCS. For years we (the CleanTechnica Writers and all EV fans are concerned about how millions of non-Tesla cars, which we hope will be sold in the United States in the next few years, will pay off on long journeys. We did not worry too much about Tesla, because we knew from experience that Tesla’s owners did not have much to complain about. It is still lacking in only a few parts of the United States and the announcement that Tesla will soon triple its network gives us more confidence that it will be able to accommodate Tesla and Tesla EVs.

The new stations will be at least V3 chargers (which is twice as fast as V2) as the charging capacity will more than triple. In fact, when some of them were released 2 years ago, V3 chargers seem to be upgrading to provide 300 kilowatts (or more) than the 250 kW can provide. The fast charger can support 2 to 3 vehicles per hour, not 1 to 2, depending on the vehicles and how much charge they need. Tesla still accounts for 66% of U.S. EV sales, so while I’m sure other manufacturers will sell more EVs when they produce more compelling vehicles, I’m not sure if the Austin plant will reduce Tesla’s share of both Model Y and Cyber ​​Track.

I am not saying that Electrophic America and some others do not fill in the gaps and do not offer additional options, but now anyone looking to buy an EV in the US seems confident that they will have a large and reliable network to fill their car or truck. If you choose to travel long distances by car.

Landlords or tenants may charge a fee there.

People who do not own an electric car spend a lot of time installing expensive chargers in their homes. Most people do not realize that every car comes with a charger and you can use the 120V outlet in your garage or pay a few dollars for an electrician to install a 240V outlet in your garage. Most electric cars have a charger up to 30 miles per hour if you add a cheap cable to a 240V socket instead of 120 volts.

People living in apartments have no place to charge

My son (now a Tesla Model 3 I bought 3 years ago) lives in a nice apartment on the east coast of Florida. The apartment has about 600 rooms and a single charger. This is a problem when most people get an electric car. Fortunately, the office he works in is only a mile away, so it does not need to be filled often.

I see the problem of charging the apartment as a chicken and egg problem. People have been talking about electric cars for 10 years, and only about 2% of cars sold in the United States. If apartment owners put chargers for each car 10 years ago, that would be a huge waste because today 2% of cars are electric, so far less than 1% of your rental cars. Being electric. If your apartment has a garage for rent, you can rent one of these and charge your car up to 40 miles per night using the 120V outlet for the garage door opener.

As soon as the apartment owner or manager buys an electric car, everything changes. “If only one out of every 300 people owns an electric car, why should I give you the expensive fuel for your car for free?” Allow those people to pay on the site. Once purchased, they realize that it is a cheap thing to attract the kind of tenants they want. All apartments in Florida have not only luxury and new apartments but also a swimming pool. Probably 20% of them use the pool regularly, but this is enough (you think you also use 50% but do not use it) even though there is no law (as far as I know) to build the apartment. ) Requires a pool.

Similarly, apartments are one of the 3 things that it takes to invest (first, then more) chargers in their apartments.

  1. About 10% of tenants ask for a fee and then show no interest in renting.
  2. If the owner or manager owns an EV, they will realize that the cost to the residents year after year is far greater than the cost.
  3. Their competitors will start installing charging stations. Apartment managers watch the race and once a few have loaded the chargers others do not want to leave so they follow quickly.

Summary

What I am not talking about is a fee in the workplace, a library, a mall or a grocery store. The reason I did not discuss them is that if the 3 pillars were covered, they would not need any of these. They are just flying over the cake. Their landlord / manager can help a few apartment dwellers who need a “solution before they see the light” but I don’t think they are a big part of the solution. The main problem is that you only spend an hour or more on each of them (except for your workplace). The most useful place to fill a workspace is if you have a hybrid plug-in with only 30 miles and your transportation is 30 miles per lane. Then you need to fill and work in the house to avoid gas. But plug-in hybrids with short circuits all seem to be on the way out. Cove-19 has encouraged many people to learn to work remotely, and many long trips have been reduced.

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