The fast progress of EV gross sales over the previous 12 months is nice information, however the accompanying dangerous information is that the growing variety of EVs on the street is placing extra stress on the nation’s already substandard public charging infrastructure. In accordance with the second annual J.D. Energy US Electrical Automobile Expertise Public Charging Examine, EV drivers, particularly in hotspots akin to California, Texas and Washington, are discovering public charging infrastructure insufficient, and plagued with non-functional stations.
The 2022 U.S. Electrical Automobile Expertise Public Charging Examine is a collaboration between client perception specialist J.D. Energy and EV app supplier and analysis agency PlugShare. The examine surveyed 11,554 homeowners of EVs and PHEVs between January and June 2022.
In comparison with final 12 months, extra public charging stations are in operation than ever earlier than, however buyer satisfaction with public Stage 2 charging declined to 633 (on a 1,000-point scale) from 643 in 2021, whereas satisfaction with DC quick charging remained flat at 674.
“Not solely is the provision of public charging nonetheless an impediment, however EV homeowners proceed to be confronted with charging station tools that’s inoperable,” mentioned Brent Gruber, Govt Director of International Automotive at J.D. Energy. “The Nationwide Electrical Automobile Infrastructure (NEVI) Method Program guarantees to offer funds to states for constructing out their EV public charging infrastructure…however simply including stations isn’t the reply. Stations have to be added to areas the place there are at present gaps in closely traveled routes and in high-density areas for individuals who don’t have entry to residential charging, however most significantly, designed with issues for customers to do whereas charging—whatever the use case. Then, we want to verify these stations are dependable.”
The examine measured EV homeowners’ satisfaction throughout 10 components: ease of charging; velocity of charging; price; ease of fee; ease of discovering a charging location; comfort of a location; security of a location; issues to do whereas charging; availability of chargers; and bodily situation of the charging tools.
Most respondents are comparatively glad with the convenience of the charging course of. Satisfaction with the convenience of charging was 745 for DC quick chargers and 699 for Stage 2 chargers. Nonetheless, customers are much less completely happy about the price of charging: respondents gave a rating of 473 for DC quick chargers and 446 for Stage 2 chargers.
As so many observers of the general public charging phase have reported, the business must do a significantly better job of sustaining present charging stations. J.D. Energy discovered that one out of each 5 respondents ended up not charging their car throughout their go to to a charging station, and 72% of those reported that this was as a result of a charger malfunctioned, or was out of service.
Amongst Stage 2 community suppliers, Tesla Vacation spot chargers ranked highest, with a rating of 680. Volta got here in an in depth second with 667, and ChargePoint ranked third at 639. Amongst DC quick charging networks, Tesla Superchargers took the gold with a rating of 739. Tesla was the one DC quick charger model to rank above the business common.
“The panorama of fuel stations is targeted on comfort—available, quick fueling and fast comfort objects,” Gruber mentioned. “Though quick charging is seemingly getting sooner by the day, to expedite the charging course of, automobiles might want to accommodate the most recent ultra-fast chargers. Presently, solely a handful of automobiles can benefit from the quickest charging speeds. And irrespective of how briskly their car fees, EV homeowners nonetheless point out they want extra choices for issues to do throughout every charging session to reinforce comfort and fill the downtime.”
Supply: J.D. Energy