News on Tuesday in The Guardian that electricity car batteries could soon charge as quickly as it takes to fill up your petrol/diesel.
The CEO of this battery company claims that “the number one barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles is no longer cost, it is range anxiety.” The argument seems to be that electric vehicles would be a lot more attractive if the charging experience was more like fuelling up at a petrol station. He claims that “BP has 18,200 forecourts and they understand that, 10 years from now, all these stations will be obsolete, if they don’t repurpose them for charging – batteries are the new oil.”
Do you think there’ll be a noticeable shift to electric vehicles in the next 10 years? Have you already made the change to an electric vehicle?
The article mentions that these faster-charging batteries would require much higher-powered chargers, which would have implications for green energy and the grid’s current capacity. Can you see the grid ultimately being ‘upgraded’ to accommodate this, seeing as batteries are increasingly seen as crucial to renewable energy?
While I’m optimistic about the new technology, I have some reservations about some of the logistical challenges involved, such as the co-ordinated investment in grid infrastructure that will be required to accommodate such a big change.
Do you agree that the biggest barrier to electric vehicles is range, not cost? I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and opinions.
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