- Australian public dislikes the look of EV chargers, study shows
- Recognize the need for more infrastructure.
- Participants preferred charging at home using solar energy.
- Emergence of EV charging inequality in urban, rural areas
Monash University researchers have released aFuture Energy StudyAustralians believe public electric vehicle chargers are an “eyesore”, despite acknowledging more public infrastructure is needed and at-home charging is preferred.
“Our foresight suggests that households will want fully charged vehicles every morning, electric vehicle ownership will be higher where there is better charging infrastructure, and future drivers will rely more on battery services and roadside assistance. will,” said lead author and academic professor Sarah Pink.
The Melbourne-based university studied 72 households in Victoria and New South Wales, using secondary data and reports.
Monash-led research shows there is a consensus belief that most EV charging will be done overnight at home to have a full battery at the start of each day.
Participants prefer to use rooftop solar panels at home and charge during the day for those who work from home or arrive home by 3 a.m. to charge EVs in the early afternoon, especially Especially in rural and regional areas.
Public EV chargers were perceived as bulky, unsightly and an “eyesore”. Participants did not want to disrupt local life spaces such as parks and shopping centers. But, respondents acknowledge that there is a need for more public charging stations in health, leisure centers and supermarkets while doing daily work.
When top-up charging or selling power back to public stations as part of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system, Australians envisioned receiving loyalty scheme rewards or discounted charging rates in return. Automated plug-in or wireless charging stations were also welcomed to improve convenience.
Interest in large EV charging hubs and spaces to convert to alternative transport modes such as train stations and car parks, with the ability to book spaces ahead of time. The study shows the need for roadside assistance providers to provide high-speed DC charging support when stranded (rather than trickle charging currently).
It also points to the fact that electric cars won’t just appeal to environmentally or cost-conscious Australians, as more consumers will instead be interested in technology, acceleration and other features.
Charging imbalances are emerging.
However, the report also emphasizes that unequal access to public EV charging infrastructure will lead to new inequalities. For example, not all apartment dwellers can plug in their electric cars and retirement villages do not offer car parking spaces for residents.
People living in rural areas also lack alternative modes of public transport and those who need to travel long distances to access facilities (eg medical appointments), but do not charge their vehicle before departure. Can do or reach the destination.
Personal EV ownership has also been questioned for urban residents, who prefer convenience, with the daily challenge of finding parking and charging proving a barrier to adoption.