Installing an electric vehicle charger in every dwelling will not necessarily reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. It has been said and it is being thought that in time for 2025 that between 8 per cent and 16 per cent of all vehicles on the road will be electric and on from this that by 2040, all new private cars sold must be electric or ultra-low emission (e.g. hydrogen).
Local planning authorities are rightly beginning to insist that new residential schemes are developed with electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure; commonly new policy includes ‘active’ EV charging infrastructure, which is installed immediately, and ‘passive’ infrastructure. Passive EV Charging from the looks of things is very very much here to stay and this will also be a market to look out for as it grows in time to come. In detail, this is a kind of vehicle charging infrastructure that requires physical conduits to support future charging points, and the reservation of electrical capacity.
If we added-up all the electrical fittings in our homes our home would require circa 15kW. However the electricity network operators sensibly apply ‘diversity’ because in every home not everything is switched on simultaneously and across a community of homes this reduces the peak demand further. Considering this we would expect the same approach to passive EV charging infrastructure.
When a planner conditions a passive EV charging point, a developer must secure a very large quantum of additional power that could be unused for 20 years or more. As a technology and something to be aware of, it is worth also know that this is also a technology known as Active EV Charging; either way there are also huge cost implications, potentially adding millions to a new housing project and forcing developers to rethink its viability. That said, this is for something to be in the know of for the near and distant future.
Cleaner cars and healthier streets are certainly a worthwhile aspiration but installing an EV charger in every home and even in every business will not necessarily reduce the number of vehicles on our roads and could impact the housing development we so desperately need. This is also the kind of thing that will be able to make something of a lasting difference too. This is for sure also an investment for the future too that could really become the new norm in time to come.