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Going Electric: Opportunities to Overcome Challenges in EV Infrastructure

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The Rising Cost of Transportation in the U.S.

The U.S. transportation system stands as the primary contributor to climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. CO2 emissions represent roughly 97% of the global warming potential of all greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

The accumulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants within the atmosphere causes global warming. These pollutants trap sunlight and solar radiation that would otherwise reflect back into space after bouncing off the Earth’s surface. Under natural circumstances, this radiation would escape, maintaining the planet’s equilibrium. However, due to the presence of these long-lasting pollutants, the trapped heat causes the Earth’s temperature to rise, resulting in a warming effect.

Changes in the Road Ahead

Electric Vehicles have increasingly become not only a popular solution to dealing with rising greenhouse gasses, they have become part of a larger global strategy, critical to curbing the negative effects of modern industrial life.  

New technologies have provided effective solutions for creating not only more efficient ways of transportation but offering cleaner and more sustainable transportation alternatives to better protect the natural resources and communities we call home. 

The Growing EV Infrastructure Needed for a Sustainable Future

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal passed by Congress serves to support ElecVulum’s mission to expand critical EV infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Growing demand for EV charging stations  coincides with the rapid public adoption of electric vehicles by consumers. This demand creates an opportunity for business owners to install electric vehicle charging stations and close the gap. There are over 100,000 gas stations across the United States and as electric vehicles continue to gain market share, many gas stations will slowly disappear. 

The U.S. is Going Electric

The electric revolution is taking over America. In 2022, electric vehicle sales experienced a remarkable 65% increase, propelling eco-friendly cars from a niche presence in the auto industry to becoming the dominant wave of the future, with the number of electric vehicle charging stations representing a growing segment.  

Overcoming Challenges in EV Infrastructure

As more individuals and businesses embrace the transition to electric mobility, the installation of charging infrastructure has become a critical aspect of supporting this revolution. However, the process of installing electric vehicle charging stations is not without its challenges.

Innovative charging solutions are emerging, such as smart charging systems and load management techniques. These technologies help distribute the charging load evenly and optimize the use of available electrical infrastructure. Additionally, exploring alternative energy sources like solar power can alleviate pressure on the grid and provide a sustainable energy solution for EV charging.

Factors such as site preparation, electrical upgrades, equipment costs, and installation labor can impact the overall expense. 

This cost barrier often deters potential charging station owners from investing in infrastructure development. However, to address high installation costs, governments and regulatory bodies are providing financial incentives and grants to support the installation of charging stations. Collaborations between private and public entities can also help reduce costs through cost-sharing models or by leveraging existing infrastructure, such as parking facilities or gas stations.

Concerns around limited space and accessibility, variability in charging standards continue to remain top-of-mind for many but breakthroughs and innovative 

However, innovative designs to maximize the use of space in implementing charging solutions, such as curbside charging stations, have been shown to maximize space efficiently. On the other hand, partnerships with commercial establishments, shopping centers, and workplaces expand charging opportunities and promote shared access to charging infrastructure.

Overcoming the Challenges of Infrastructure Together

Following World War II, economic growth, population expansion, suburban development contributed to a greater dependence on personal vehicles for transportation. 

More than half a century later, the U.S. has found itself in a similar position with significant demand for transportation infrastructure as consumer transportation habits change. 

The focus of this new expansion represents a new chapter in energy infrastructure as electric vehicles and EV infrastructure rapidly replaces dependence on gas.

The connection between air pollution and cars has been a cloud over our transportation system for decades. A low-carbon emission transportation system has arrived, supported by home charging stations, workplace chargers, public chargers, and fast-charging stations. 

While some challenges exist and conversations continue – especially regarding Tesla’s so-called North American Charging Standard (NACS) – the opportunity to support expanding electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure remains strong and continues to be facilitated by bipartisan support and the collaborative efforts of public and private sectors alike. 

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