Summary: We are going to need a lot more EV chargers, including solutions that work for all potential purchasers, including those in dense urban areas. Yes, EV charging growth is lagging the surge in EV's - but that's not a problem (yet).
Why this is important: If consumers are going to buy EV's, they need to have somewhere to charge them. We know that many people will charge at home and at work. But what about those that don't (or cannot) ? How big a group are they, and how soon do we expect them to switch to EV's?
The big theme: According to Our World in Data, Transport accounts for 24% of energy related emissions and 16% of total emissions, of which nearly half (45%) is from passenger transport. The Transition in Transport is one of the most advanced, but as the industry moves up the innovation S curve from early adopters through to the mass market, there will be numerous new challenges.
Summary of a report from the ACEA
In 2022, the market share of Battery Electric vehicles (BEVs) expanded to 12.1%, a 3.0-percentage-point improvement compared to 2021. This confirms the trend over the last six years, with BEV sales increasing 17-fold between 2016 and 2022. However, the pace of infrastructure roll-out is lagging way behind consumer demand for electrically-chargeable cars. The number of public chargers in the EU grew by less than six times between 2016 and 2022. This means that the sales of electric cars have been growing almost three times faster than the build-up of charging points.