Keeping Up With EV Infrastructure

This week’s Convenience Matters podcast dives into how retailers can keep up with existing charging technology as well as anticipate what’s to come.
February 06, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Evolving Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles,” hosts John Eichberger and Donovan Woods of the Fuels Institute, talk with Philip Sheey, technical director of ICF, about electric vehicle infrastructure.

The electric vehicle market in general is “obsessed with how fast [electrification] will happen,” Sheey said, pointing to decreasing battery prices as one thing that is pushing some to pressure the industry for more rapid advancement. “I see a more measured view of the market, one with more tailwinds of electrification than headwinds.”

Sheey pointed out that as electric vehicles become more affordable and people’s awareness of the vehicles grows, there will be advancement in sales and infrastructure—but that won’t come as quickly as some anticipated. “Gasoline remains cheap, and consumers are very interested in popular crossovers—there aren’t many electric vehicle options in that category,” he said.

To help with future planning for electric vehicles, Sheey worked on identifying a broad range of metropolitan areas with varying demographic profiles to provide indicators for how quickly EV adoption would happen. Things the study looked at included the number of single-family homes and commute distances, as well as shared mobility and reduced vehicle methods, like public transportation. “These are the factors that would influence market evolution,” he said.

Each week a new Convenience Matters episode is released. The podcast can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and other podcast apps, and at www.conveniencematters.com. Episodes have been downloaded by listeners more than 60,000 times in 80 countries.

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