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Disruptive CEOs hit the pedal to jumpstart EV market |

Turning a profit is tough enough for new tech companies, but it seems impossible when it involves a technology that customers still don’t know they want. The pursuit of the impossible, however, comes naturally to visionaries bent on commercializing electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure supporting them.
Range anxiety — the fear that your EV will run out of its charge before you reach your destination — is the most common concern of would-be EV owners. In reality, 90 percent of drivers commute less than 50 miles per day, and electric car models, such as the Nissan Leaf, have the capacity to go 75 miles on a single charge. The Chevy Volt can go up to 380 miles on a single charge and tank of gas.
Nevertheless, the irrational fear of stalling is a very real behavioral hurdle to cross before mass adoption of EVs can occur. Installing widespread charging infrastructure is imperative to get drivers to give up the internal combustion engine for good.
Last year I did a Q&A with Arun Banskota, CEO of eVgo, the nation’s first privately funded, comprehensive electric vehicle charging ecosystem. Owned by NRG Energy, eVgo offers a nationwide network of “Freedom Stations” through partnerships with retailers, giving drivers ease with charging EVs across the country. Here’s how two more CEOs are gaining traction in this rapidly accelerating market:


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