Growth in EV Charging Stations Predicted
One of the inhibitors of the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is, quite simply, the lack of charging stations.
One of the inhibitors of the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is, quite simply, the lack of charging stations. Whether you’re driving in a city or on an interstate, you are always comparatively near to a place where you can buy gasoline, snack foods, and much more. In many cases, there are gas stations across the street from other gas stations.
But looking for a place to plug in a vehicle—well, that’s a different issue, entirely.
(Image courtesy AeroVironment Inc.)
That said, according to IMS Research, in 2011 there were 135,000 charging stations—globally.
According to Statistic Brain (who knew?), in 2012 there were 121,446 gas stations—in the U.S. alone.
However, IMS Research reckons that by 2020 there will be 10.7-million charging stations globally.
The estimate is contained in a report, “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure—World—2013.”
The increase in charging stations will be, IMS indicates, in the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany. Or, the primary passenger vehicle markets.
Factors behind the growth in charging stations is, of course, an anticipated growth in the number of EVs. And the growth in EVs is predicated on a variety of factors including emissions regulations, concerns about energy security, a population shift to urban areas, and the fact that some people simply like EVs.
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