As electric vehicles grow in popularity, issues surrounding charging are a stumbling block for consistent uptake.
Limited availability of chargers and slow charging speeds caused 1 in 5 EV drivers in California to switch back to gasoline vehicles in 2021. These are also pain points for fleet operators — which have larger vehicles with larger batteries such as buses, trucks and delivery vans, and time constraints on charging opportunities.
It's no surprise that the advent of ultrarapid charging — which can fully charge a commercial EV the fastest, with power levels far exceeding 150 kilowatts — has been welcomed by fleet operators and governments. This solution, however, may be a problem in disguise. Major drawbacks include increased costs and emissions, faster battery degradation and additional pressures on an already overworked electric grid.