If you think about the expected rise of EV's, and their need for frequent charging, from a strategic perspective, you start to realise that large elements of our economic system could change as a result. Personal transport is at the heart of many of our actions and decisions. System changes, such as the roll out of EV's, can have some unexpected consequences. Or more strictly, not so much unexpected as not anticipated.
If Electric Vehicles (EV's) are going to become the dominant form of passenger transport, then it's obvious that people will need to have places to charge them. Research tells us that an absence of charging facilities is probably one of the biggest barriers to EV adaption. When you listen to the debate about this, most people seem to assume this is a government issue (via subsidies etc) or something that only impacts the automotive or electricity sectors.
But, while this might be true now, it's clear that all Sustainability Professionals have a role to play in the medium term. Why ? Because the shift to EV's is going to create a system change. We currently use petrol stations (or gas stations for those outside of Europe) because that was the best way to refuel. We should not assume that the 'old' way of working will survive into the 'new' age. Which will have implications for our retail, leisure and work behaviour.
Summary of a story published in Euractiv:
The French Government has announced new funding for the roll out of EV charging points. This extra funding is driven at least in part by the requirements of the EU’s new alternative fuel infrastructure regulation. The report says that France aims to have over 400,000 charging points on it's road network by 2030. This is up from 111,000 now. Taking into account charging points installed in private homes and businesses, the number of charging points in France currently stands at 1.7 million.
The Government estimates that by the end of 2023, the French fleet of electrified vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids) will total 1.5 million units, of which 650,000 will be filly electric. This figure is expected to increase tenfold by 2035, when the sale of new diesel or petrol cars will be prohibited across the EU, meaning that the number of charging points will have to keep pace. This takes funding to a total of over E600m.
The announcement comes just days after the new French EV sales data for October showed that plug in EV's now have a market share of over 26%. And if mild hybrid's are included, they are outselling petrol and diesel sales combined (80,895 vs 65,935).