If half of drivers switch to EVs by the time California’s petrol car ban takes effect, America will need to install 30 million electric vehicle charging ports by 2030.
If half of all cars sold by 2030 were zero-emission, the country would need 1.2 million public chargers and 28 million private chargers by that year. A McKinsey report puts him at more than $35 billion over eight years.
Electric vehicle sales have increased by double digits each year since 2016, but more than half of U.S. consumers cite battery and charging issues as their primary concern. It’s no exaggeration to say that the limited network of public charging stations is an obstacle for many buyers.
With over 128,000 public EV charging outlets and at least 4,500 private charging stations compared to about 150,000 petrol stations, the country faces a daunting task of trying to build to its needs. increase.
Citing severe infrastructure hurdles, the McKinsey report says the number of electric vehicles in the U.S. will grow from less than 3 million today to more than 48 million by 2030, reaching about 15% of all vehicles on the road. It says it will.
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If half of drivers switch to EVs by the time California’s petrol car ban takes effect, Americans will need to install 30 million electric vehicle charging ports by 2030.
The United States has over 128,000 public EV charging outlets and at least 4,500 private charging stations. By contrast, there are approximately 150,000 petrol stations.
Auto insurer Jerry reports that “with 35 million EVs projected to be on the road by 2030, the United States will spend the next eight years building the infrastructure needed to support them. We need to install about 478 charging ports every day.”
“As the number of registered EVs grows, it remains to be seen whether the charging infrastructure will be able to keep up with the demand for EVs,” the report adds.
Automakers have to reach the first quotas in California’s new plan. By 2026, his 35% of new cars, small pickups and SUVs sold in the state must be zero-emissions. But with battery-powered cars on sale by 2035, 20% of cars sold could be plug-in hybrids.
Meanwhile, McKinsey reports that electricity purchased at public chargers can cost five to ten times more than private ones.
The automaker has to reach the first quota of California’s recent plans. By 2026, his 35% of new cars, small pickups and SUVs sold in the state must be zero-emissions.
McKinsey report finds EV drivers unable to charge at home want public charging points convenient, suggesting more than 20% of EV power use will come from public charging by 2030 is doing.
“To keep EVs powered, perhaps public charging stations need to be economical, fairly distributed, easy to use, and wired to a robust power grid.”
According to McKinsey, EV drivers who can’t charge at home want public charging places convenient, and it’s estimated that public charging will provide more than 20% of the electricity EVs use in 2030. .
Companies including 7-11, which has said it will install 500 charging ports by the end of this year, and BP, which plans to increase charging points from 11,000 to 70,000 by 2030, stepped in as consumer concerns to fill the void. trying to fill increase.
Electricity demand to charge the growing number of EVs on the road will surge from 11 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) to 230 billion kWh in 2030.
“As more EVs are produced, the U.S. charging infrastructure will have to change and adapt at an ever-faster rate to keep up with the new electric future,” Jerry’s report concludes. increase.
California has the most EV charging ports in the nation, but will need 2.1 million by 2030 to meet the demand for new, massive electric vehicles. More than 73,000 public and shared chargers have been installed to date, with an additional 123,000 to be installed by 2025.
Kathy Harris, Natural Resources Defense Council and clean vehicle advocate, said in a previous statement: state. ‘
The ban is part of California’s larger plan to move completely away from fossil fuels and use 100% renewable energy by 2045. The ban does not stop residents from driving current gasoline vehicles or from buying and selling used cars.
Experts are divided on whether California’s mandate is viable, citing the high cost of EVs as another hurdle to widespread adoption.
John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, said the mandate would be “extremely difficult” for automakers to meet.
“Whether these requirements are realistic or achievable depends directly on external factors such as inflation, charging and fuel infrastructure, supply chains, labor force, the availability and pricing of critical minerals, and ongoing semiconductor shortages. related,” Bozzella said in a statement.
“These are complex and intertwined global issues.”
California has the largest number of EV chargers in the nation, but will need 2.1 million by 2030 to meet the demand for large new electric vehicles.