Electric Vehicles Boom - Do we have infrastructure in place? A Long Way Up

By rmsadkri | Environmental Musings | 7 Oct 2020

Tesla inc. is flying high, as always. We love to talk about all the EV models they are coming up with. The electric motorcycles, the Cybertruck and all the other X, Y and Z models. Not only Tesla there are almost all car companies out there sprinting to build an electric product that rivals Tesla. Ever heard of Rivian? There is an ongoing engineering battle to prove the supremacy of all products against one another. And, we tend to focus on the battle of the EV products and engage in debates about which model looks futuristic, sleek with sci-fi features in it.


But, there is one more thing we need to understand in addition to remain bullish on all EV futures - the EV infrastructure. Charging and recharging stations, battery swap centers and electricity network are all considered to be the EV infrastructure.

We tend to forget that the EV economic boom is impossible if we don’t put proper charging, docking and supporting infrastructure in place. What we have right now is a high end product line that is supported by a limited electric infrastructure within the city core. It is extremely difficult to find supporting infrastructure to support EVs outside of major cities in the developed and developing countries.

For that to happen, there should be a mass adoption of these products, positive policy reinforcements through infrastructure spending and public education around the need of EVs. In addition, the future research should explore the efficiency of the batteries in terms of storage, performing in various extreme weather conditions and reusability to reduce the carbon footprint of those batteries. It would be ideal if the battery efficiency can tap on natural forms of energy to create the clean cycle as envisioned by the environmentalists.

All the things I mentioned around research will only be justified and useful for the general public if they can buy an EV car or SUV and not worry about the charging stations if they want to go for a long drive. And, it is not happening yet.

It is still not considered widely common to go for a long drive on electric vehicles. People are not entirely sure if their EVs are suited for more than office commutes in the cityscape. Things are changing and moving fast but it is not enough.

A new documentary starring Ewan McGregor on Apple TV+ called “Long Way Up” demonstrated the obstacles faced by the motorcyclists when they went for an epic ride across the Americas starting from the southernmost point of Argentina to LA.

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