Opinion | Infra for charging EVs is not an urgent need4 min read 06 Dec 2018, 12:00 AM IST
With effort, charging infrastructure shouldn't be a bottleneck. Lack of viable EVs is the immediate challenge
Nobody doubts electric vehicles (EVs) have a bright future, but their trajectory is highly uncertain. While battery costs are an obvious key variable, is charging infrastructure the missing ingredient? After all, if there was ubiquitous infrastructure, cars could have smaller batteries (making them cheaper) and range anxiety wouldn’t be a worry. Unfortunately, “if you build it, they will come", is a poor policy prescription. Who can and should bear the cost and the risk? Infrastructure planning as a top-down mandate doesn’t scale well, but one that syncs with consumer needs, vehicle standards and grid integration does. Did we also mention “reasonable price"? For whom is the challenge “reasonable"?
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