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Street-Level Charging Options Could Get You in an EV

Even if you live in an urban environment

Electric vehicle (EV) charging is one of the biggest challenges for adoption, but street chargers are an easy-to-implement solution that can drive EV adoption.

EVs are suitable for urban environments. Resolving traffic jams really helps with mileage, and city drivers who typically stay within city boundaries can sit in the driver’s seat for hours, but only drive 20 miles a day. The downside of this is where do you charge if you live in an apartment that doesn’t have a garage? It turns out that there is a solution for charging stations across the city without the hassle of laying cables on the sidewalks.

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A few years ago while driving in Oslo, Norway, I saw boxes lined up next to every parking space on the side of the road. I didn’t realize what I was looking at until I saw a man open the trunk of his Volkswagen E-Golf EV, unplug the cable, plug it into his box, and then plug it into the charging port of an electric car. The Norwegian street charger was BYOC (Bring Your Own Cable).

Automotive USB connector

BYOC will solve some problems. First, there is the problem of interoperability. There are currently three charging ports on vehicles in the US.

One is the CHAdeMO, a charging connector commonly found on the Nissan Leaf. It’s become less popular in the US, and even the Leaf is now paired with the more common Type 2 and CCS, Type 2 DC fast charging add-ons.

Type 2 is the most common and has become the de facto industry standard. Finally, there is Tesla’s proprietary charging connector. The industry may prefer the Type 2, but Tesla’s number one selling electric vehicle in the US means this port is worth paying attention to.

Instead of shoving one, two, or even three types of cords into a charging station on the street, you may have a universal plug that lets you plug in all your charging cords. It is a kind of universal EV USB connector.

This lowers the machine cost for the business or community operating the station. It also ensures that all stations work with all EVs on the road, while ensuring that there are no issues with cables being improperly stored on their machines and left on roads, drains or sidewalks. Destroyer also reduces the number of items that can be destroyed by one.

“The adoption of electric vehicles cannot proceed unless people who do not have access to driveways or garages can participate because charging stations are multi-hour operation several times a week.”

Because these stations are universal in nature, they are also future-proof for any new charging port developments that may arise in the future. CCS appears to be destined for a long life in electric vehicles, but how battery technology advances and what these changes mean in terms of connectors is unknown.

Parking and charging anywhere

These charging stations may be dotted with dedicated EV parking spaces in residential areas. It’s not a DC fast charging station, but it provides 7.4 kW. Enough to charge overnight or add a few miles during the day. Whether you have a driveway or a garage, electric cars make sense in the city if you can charge them in your neighborhood.

This station can also be added to the business district with shopping and dining. No more wandering around the parking lot to find 3 available chargers. Instead, street parking will be a viable option for those looking for juice during a meal.

This type of charging station would also be useful in cities like Los Angeles where, in addition to streetlights, lampposts are used as charging stations. There are light poles. The power is there. You can also add ports. Conversions can be faster without the need for additional cables, and there are no random cables hanging from the poles that can be destroyed by vandals.

still need speed

These will be added to DC fast charging stations and Tesla supercharger stations. These features aren’t going away anytime soon when a person travels or needs a little faster charging than overnight charging. In fact, the proliferation of these stations will continue to grow as electric vehicles become a more important part of overall car sales over the next decade.

EV charging session at a public charging station on the side of the building.

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Participating OEMs

Of course, this would require EV owners to purchase another cable for their vehicle. It’s an extra cost for those who already own an electric car, but it’s also a cost that opens up charging opportunities no matter where in the city you are.

In the future, if this is to be used with home charging cables, all new cars should come with a universal cable that works with these charging stations.

Because charging is a multi-hour operation several times a week, electric vehicle adoption cannot proceed if people who do not have access to driveways or garages cannot participate.

Cities, businesses and automakers must find solutions for apartment dwellers who need a car and want their next vehicle to be an electric one. Providing street level stations with universal connectors for wiring could be one way to achieve this.

Want to know more about electric vehicles? There is a section dedicated to electric vehicles!


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Street-Level Charging Options Could Get You in an EV

Even if you live in an urban setting

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) presents one of the most significant challenges to adoption, but street-level chargers are an easy-to-implement solution that could make EV adoption easier.

EVs are perfect for an urban environment. The stop-and-go traffic actually helps with range, and typically a city driver who stays within the limits of their town might be behind the wheel for hours, but probably only actually travel 20 miles in a day. The flip side to that is, where do they charge if they live in an apartment without a garage? It turns out there’s a solution for city-wide charging stations without the hassle of cables being strung about on sidewalks.

Martyn Lucy / Getty Images

A few years ago, while driving around Oslo, Norway, I saw a series of boxes next to each parking space on the road. It wasn’t until I saw a man open the trunk of his Volkswagen E-Golf EV, pull out a cable and plug it into the box, and then into the charging port of his EV did I realize what I was seeing. Norway’s street chargers were BYOC (Bring Your Own Cable). 

The USB Port for Cars

BYOC would solve a few problems. First, there’s the issue of interoperability. Currently, there are three charging ports found on vehicles in the US.

One is CHAdeMO, a charge port found most notably on the Nissan Leaf. It’s fallen out of favor in the US, and even the Leaf now has the more prevalent Type 2 and CCS, which is a Type 2 combined with a DC fast charging addition.

Type 2 is the most prevalent out there and has become the defacto industry standard. Finally, there’s Tesla’s proprietary charge port. The industry may favor Type 2, but Tesla’s status as the No. 1 seller of EVs in the US means this port requires attention. 

Instead of trying to cram one, two, or even three types of cables onto a street charging station, there could be a universal plug that any charging cable could plug into—a sort of universal USB port for EVs.

This lowers the cost of the machine for the company or municipality hosting the station. It also makes every station work with any EV on the road, while ensuring no issues with cables not being properly stored on these machines and lying in the street, gutter, or sidewalk. It’s also one less item for vandals to destroy. 

“EV adoption can’t progress if those who don’t have access to a driveway or garage can’t participate because charging becomes a multi-hour chore a few times a week.”

Because these stations are essentially universal, they’re also future proof for any new charging port developments that may occur in the future. While CCS seems destined for a long life on our EVs, you can never tell how battery technology could evolve and what those changes could mean in terms of ports. 

Park and Charge Everywhere

These charging stations could be peppered around residential neighborhoods with EV-only parking. They wouldn’t be DC fast-charging stations, but instead would deliver 7.4 kW. Enough for an overnight charge or to add a few miles during the day. An EV makes sense in the city when you can charge in your neighborhood regardless of having a driveway or garage. 

These stations also could be added to commercial neighborhoods with shopping and restaurants—no more driving in circles in a parking lot looking for the three chargers available. Instead, parking on the street would be a viable option for those looking for some juice while eating out. 

These types of stations also will help in cities like Los Angeles, where light poles are used as charging stations in addition to illuminating the street. The light poles are there. The power is there. They might as well add a port. Without the need to add a cable, the transition can be quicker, and once again, you won’t have a bunch of random cables hanging from poles for vandals to destroy. 

Still Have the Need for Speed

These would be in addition to DC fast charging and Tesla Supercharger stations. So whether a person is going on a road trip or just needs to charge a bit quicker than overnight, those won’t be going away any time soon. In fact, the proliferation of those stations will continue to grow as EVs become a more significant part of overall car sales over the next decade. 

Ed Harvey / Unsplash
OEMs Taking Part

Of course, this would require EV owners to buy another cable for their vehicle. For those who already have an EV, it would be an additional expenditure, but also one that would open up charging opportunities no matter where we are in town.

In the future, once this is deployed, like the home charging cables, a universal cable that works with these charging stations should be included with every new car. 

EV adoption can’t progress if those who don’t have access to a driveway or garage can’t participate because charging becomes a multi-hour chore a few times a week.

Cities, companies, and automakers have to figure out a solution for the apartment dweller who needs a car and wants their next vehicle to be an EV. Deploying street-level stations with a universal port for cabling might be one of the ways to make that happen. 

Want to know more about EVs? We have a whole section dedicated to electric vehicles!

#StreetLevel #Charging #Options

Street-Level Charging Options Could Get You in an EV

Even if you live in an urban setting

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) presents one of the most significant challenges to adoption, but street-level chargers are an easy-to-implement solution that could make EV adoption easier.

EVs are perfect for an urban environment. The stop-and-go traffic actually helps with range, and typically a city driver who stays within the limits of their town might be behind the wheel for hours, but probably only actually travel 20 miles in a day. The flip side to that is, where do they charge if they live in an apartment without a garage? It turns out there’s a solution for city-wide charging stations without the hassle of cables being strung about on sidewalks.

Martyn Lucy / Getty Images

A few years ago, while driving around Oslo, Norway, I saw a series of boxes next to each parking space on the road. It wasn’t until I saw a man open the trunk of his Volkswagen E-Golf EV, pull out a cable and plug it into the box, and then into the charging port of his EV did I realize what I was seeing. Norway’s street chargers were BYOC (Bring Your Own Cable). 

The USB Port for Cars

BYOC would solve a few problems. First, there’s the issue of interoperability. Currently, there are three charging ports found on vehicles in the US.

One is CHAdeMO, a charge port found most notably on the Nissan Leaf. It’s fallen out of favor in the US, and even the Leaf now has the more prevalent Type 2 and CCS, which is a Type 2 combined with a DC fast charging addition.

Type 2 is the most prevalent out there and has become the defacto industry standard. Finally, there’s Tesla’s proprietary charge port. The industry may favor Type 2, but Tesla’s status as the No. 1 seller of EVs in the US means this port requires attention. 

Instead of trying to cram one, two, or even three types of cables onto a street charging station, there could be a universal plug that any charging cable could plug into—a sort of universal USB port for EVs.

This lowers the cost of the machine for the company or municipality hosting the station. It also makes every station work with any EV on the road, while ensuring no issues with cables not being properly stored on these machines and lying in the street, gutter, or sidewalk. It’s also one less item for vandals to destroy. 

“EV adoption can’t progress if those who don’t have access to a driveway or garage can’t participate because charging becomes a multi-hour chore a few times a week.”

Because these stations are essentially universal, they’re also future proof for any new charging port developments that may occur in the future. While CCS seems destined for a long life on our EVs, you can never tell how battery technology could evolve and what those changes could mean in terms of ports. 

Park and Charge Everywhere

These charging stations could be peppered around residential neighborhoods with EV-only parking. They wouldn’t be DC fast-charging stations, but instead would deliver 7.4 kW. Enough for an overnight charge or to add a few miles during the day. An EV makes sense in the city when you can charge in your neighborhood regardless of having a driveway or garage. 

These stations also could be added to commercial neighborhoods with shopping and restaurants—no more driving in circles in a parking lot looking for the three chargers available. Instead, parking on the street would be a viable option for those looking for some juice while eating out. 

These types of stations also will help in cities like Los Angeles, where light poles are used as charging stations in addition to illuminating the street. The light poles are there. The power is there. They might as well add a port. Without the need to add a cable, the transition can be quicker, and once again, you won’t have a bunch of random cables hanging from poles for vandals to destroy. 

Still Have the Need for Speed

These would be in addition to DC fast charging and Tesla Supercharger stations. So whether a person is going on a road trip or just needs to charge a bit quicker than overnight, those won’t be going away any time soon. In fact, the proliferation of those stations will continue to grow as EVs become a more significant part of overall car sales over the next decade. 

Ed Harvey / Unsplash
OEMs Taking Part

Of course, this would require EV owners to buy another cable for their vehicle. For those who already have an EV, it would be an additional expenditure, but also one that would open up charging opportunities no matter where we are in town.

In the future, once this is deployed, like the home charging cables, a universal cable that works with these charging stations should be included with every new car. 

EV adoption can’t progress if those who don’t have access to a driveway or garage can’t participate because charging becomes a multi-hour chore a few times a week.

Cities, companies, and automakers have to figure out a solution for the apartment dweller who needs a car and wants their next vehicle to be an EV. Deploying street-level stations with a universal port for cabling might be one of the ways to make that happen. 

Want to know more about EVs? We have a whole section dedicated to electric vehicles!

#StreetLevel #Charging #Options


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