Predicted Electric Vehicle Charging Speeds
Technology is continually accelerating, seemingly at a faster and faster pace (we swear we’ve heard about some law about the exponentially increasing rate of progress). That certainly seems to be the case with electric vehicle tech, which was quite rare on American streets just five years ago but now seems poised to experience a surge in popularity.
As EV technology improves, one element that has held some individuals back form making the switch to such models is the comparatively slow rate of fueling compared to that of a combustion-powered vehicle. We here at Elgin Volkswagen thus decided to look into: will EV charge speeds increase in the future?
The obvious answer that comes to mind is yes, EV charge speed will increase as time goes on. Our favorite automaker, Volkswagen, recently announced Project Trinity, which, along with a new EV platform and automated driving technology, also promises increased charging speed.
In fact, Volkswagen is aiming to produce an EV that charges “as fast as refueling.” Along those same lines, scientists elsewhere are working on electric car batteries that could give EVs more than 200 miles of charge in as little as ten minutes.
Will most EVs be charged slowly in the future?
Some industry experts, however, say that slow charging is the EV future. Notably, Brad Templeton, a Senior Contributor to Forbes who regularly covers robocar technology (and previously worked on Google’s car team), says that automakers have been too focused on “gasoline thinking” when devising their EV charging strategies. “Gasoline thinking” means that you refuel your vehicle by stopping at a filling station. Obviously, in such situations, faster is better in the minds of most drivers.
However, “electric thinking”, Templeton argues, means charging when you’re already parked somewhere for some other reason. The best example of this is charging when you’re asleep, such as at home or at a hotel, or parked somewhere for a long period, such as at the office. In such cases, expensive, difficult-to-install and costly-to-use fast chargers are unnecessary, and even harmful to the vehicle’s battery. Slower (and more economical) Level 1 and Level 2 systems make more sense.