Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Needs in Cities and along Corridors

Rick Wolbertus, Robert Van den Hoed

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Fast charging is seen as a means to facilitate long-distance driving for electric vehicles (EVs). As a result, roll-out planning generally takes a corridor approach. However, with higher penetration of electric vehicles in urban areas, cities contemplate whether inner-city fast chargers can be an alternative for the growing amount of slow public chargers. For this purpose, more knowledge is required in motives and preferences of users and actual usage patterns of fast chargers. Similarly, with increasing charging speeds of fast chargers and different modes (taxi, car sharing) also switching to electric vehicles, the effect of charging speed should be evaluated as well as preferences amongst different user groups. This research investigates the different intentions and motivations of EV drivers at fast charging stations to see how charging behaviour at such stations differs using both data analysis from charging stations as a survey among EV drivers. Additionally, it estimates the willingness of EV drivers to use fast charging as a substitute for on-street home charging given higher charging speeds. The paper concludes that limited charging speeds imply that EV drivers prefer parking and charging over fast charging but this could change if battery developments allow higher charging speeds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Electric Vehicle Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event31st International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition & International Electric Vehicle Technology Conference - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 30 Sept 20183 Oct 2018


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