A new survey of 850 EV owners in Europe and North America finds 85% are happy they switched from internal combustion to electric power. What they are not happy with is the confusing welter of public charging options and the method for paying to use them. The sponsor of the survey, EV Box, calls for standardized charging protocols and an end to proprietary payment methods. “Inter-operability” is the key to public acceptance of electric cars, it says.
The survey is one result of the e-mobility manifesto that resulted from rEVolution 2017, an annual gathering for e-mobility leaders that brought 240 industry leaders together s on the 14th of March in Amsterdam. The e-mobility manifesto was created by a group of 12 people who are in leadership positions at EV Box, ENGIE, EVConsult, Renault, Jaguar Land-Rover, E-Laad, The Municipality of Amsterdam, Urban Foresight, and Fastned, all of whom shared their vision on the future of e-mobility and what drivers, businesses, associations, and government can do to increase adoption of electric cars as well as improve the experience for the user.
In order for the EV industry to more forward and achieve mainstream status, several things have to happen, the group concluded.
- For the general e-mobility stakeholders: To cooperate and implement inter-operability between different countries and EV charging providers.
- For charging providers and operators: To enable direct and mobile payments. Drivers should be able to pay for any charging session with any method, hassle-free.
- For public charging facilities: To empower and support the expected rise of electric vehicle adoption by installing smart charging infrastructure at their parking sites.
- For automotive manufacturers: Create new services that allow drivers to charge their car in an easier way, and begin producing new batteries that can be charged faster.
- For governments: To assist the charging providers in standardizing their services and products by implementing more public charging stations, and create or continue financial incentives to motivate their citizens to acquire an electric vehicle.
The most notable findings of the survey are:
- 51% of electric drivers say that contributing to a sustainable future is the main reason to purchase an electric car.
- 55% of electric drivers are unhappy with the current availability of charging points
- 47% of electric drivers want to have online connectivity on their home charging station to track and bill their charging sessions
- 42% of electric drivers say that the main incentive to buy a charging station is to charge faster
- 55% of electric drivers have never used a public fast (DC) charging station
- 56% of all electric drivers rank retail areas as the top location to add charging facilities
Of the EV owners who responded to the survey, 91% were male. 58% were over 45 years old. The respondents come from The Netherlands (40%), United States (35%), and 32 other European and North American countries, including United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, and Germany.
Source: EV Box