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Overcoming EV charging obstacles

Fast-charging technologies are driving the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) recharging market, with the cumulative number of stations established worldwide expanding by more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020, according to IHS Automotive, part of IHS Inc.

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Total fast-charging stations are set to reach 199,000 locations globally in 2020 — up from just 1,800 in 2012. The number is expected to rise more than threefold in 2013 to 5,900 then nearly triple to 15,200 in 2014 and continue to grow rapidly through 2020.

“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. “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 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.”
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