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Grant to install electric car charging points, but where should people plug in? (From This Is Local London)

The fact we seem to be writing about electric car chargers every day lately plays well into new data from research firm IHS suggesting the number of stations established for recharging your EV is on the rise. This is with regards to fast charging technologies, such as Level 2 and above chargers, that make use of a high-voltage DC charge, instead of a slower AC charge, so that a vehicle can be fully charged in as little as 20 minutes.

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“The length of time it takes to recharge an EV continues to be one of the major stumbling blocks inhibiting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Alastair Hayfield, associate research director at IHS Automotive, in a statement. “Compared to the time it takes to refuel an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, the recharge time for EVs is incredibly slow—at about four hours to charge a 24 kilowatt-hour (kWh)-capacity battery using a 6.6 kW on-board charger. If EV auto manufacturers could overcome this obstacle, it could lead to a high rate of adoption from environmentally minded consumers as well as those seeking to cut gasoline expenses. That’s where fast charging comes in.”

IHS said it believes the cumulative number of fast charging stations established worldwide will expand by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020. What this means specifically is that

total fast-charging stations for EVs are set to reach 199,000 locations globally in 2020, up from just 1,800 in 2012. The number of these stations, meanwhile, is anticipated to rise more than threefold in 2013 to 5,900 and then nearly triple to 15,200 in 2014. Overall growth will continue at a rapid pace through 2020.



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