What’s stopping you from purchasing an electric vehicle (EV)? In April, President Biden announced a new target for the United States to reduce greenhouse pollutants to half of what they were in 2005 by the year 2030. This new target expands on goals already in place under the Clean Air Act and various state-level mandates. Electric vehicles have zero harmful emissions, making them a clear choice for consumers concerned about keeping our air and water clean.
EV ownership in California alone has reached 5 million units. While global EV sales saw an incredible 39% increase in 2020, not all consumers are running out to purchase one.
What’s holding them back?
For some time, the cost was a detraction, but today electric vehicles are as affordable as combustion engine cars and trucks. Next, consumers had concerns about driving range and horsepower. That’s been overcome with new models like the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning that boast 563 horsepower, 775 pounds per foot of torque, and a driving range of 300 miles on a single charge. The last real hold-out for consumers is infrastructure–how easy or difficult charging electric vehicles is.
As of 2021, there are just over 40,000 charging stations located across the United States. In comparison, there are approximately 168,000 gas stations open to the general public. Charging electric vehicles is easy for many consumers using garage or outdoor plugs at their homes, but this is an issue for those living in apartments and condominium units.
Even though the U.S. Department of Energy has made it simple for consumers to find charging stations with searchable mobile applications and an easy-to-use website, drivers still find themselves running out of fuel and stranded on the roadside or unable to get to a charging location. Unlike conventionally-powered vehicles, it’s not as easy for drivers to locate a friend to bring them a gallon of gas to make it to the nearest gas station. Instead, for many EV owners, running out of electricity means having to get an expensive tow to the nearest charging station.
That’s all about to change.
A new industry is cropping up offering charging on the go. Take SparkCharge, for example. SparkCharge’s website claims they are “creating the world’s first mobile and intelligent on-demand EV charging network, ‘ChargeUp.’” SparkCharge has created mobile charging units called the “Roadie” that can be easily transported by commercial vendors or tow truck companies to provide quick charging on the roadside. Each “Roadie” unit contains approximately 15 miles of range and refills the EV within 15 minutes. These units are modular, so a customer can purchase more miles as needed.
SparkCharge sees the Roadie as a solution for providing emergency roadside assistance for EVs. Still, they’re going further by creating an innovative solution for motorists who don’t have time or the ability to reach charging stations regularly. For a monthly subscription fee, the ChargeUp team provides concierge service to charge a customer’s EV wherever it is–even if the vehicle owner is away. Charging electric vehicles has never been easier.
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