With increasing battery capacity and decreasing battery cost, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more commonplace. Just as traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) automobiles spawned the need for more gas stations, EVs will also drive the demand for more public charging options.
To maximize the deployment of as many charging stations as possible, the technology that goes into a charging station must be efficient and cost-effective, and provide an overall positive customer experience. Another challenge involves deploying a charging infrastructure that not only supports today’s use cases of mostly short local trips, but also supports faster charging compared to home-based chargers to ease concerns about charge times when users have a need to go on longer trips.
EV charger types
You’ll find charging stations installed in a number of settings: at residential homes, public parking lots adjacent to a restaurant or office building, or commercial outlets like a convenience store. Currently, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) defines three different levels of charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).