MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A Hyundai Ioniq battery electric vehicle (BEV) charges at a Motor Fuel Group (MFG) EV Power forecourt on April 21, 2022 in Manchester, England. According to a report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers And Traders, there were more new electric car registrations in the UK in March 2022 than all of 2019. However, overall car sales slumped amid rising fuel prices and the car industry's supply chain problems. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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New Electric Car Research Suggests Charging Isn't What Should Worry You
Pecan Street research suggests that 70% of all EV charging cycles involve the uptake of 10 kWh or less power per plug-in session, and its key takeaway is that EV owners don't really end up consuming a lot of power at plug-in spots to embark on their journeys. While drivers may think they need a huge battery, in actual fact they ordinarily require just a fraction of that.
The bigger concern, however, is the impact of EV charging on the electrical power grid as adoption rises meteorically and charging behaviors evolve over time. With home charging still the predominant method of powering electric vehicles, there's growing concern that the current state of electrical infrastructure may not be up to the challenge.
In particular, current incentives that emphasize at-home charging at night have been questioned, as it could place unexpected strain on the charging grid. Pecan Street's research makes it abundantly clear that the future of EV charging is inherently tied to an efficient grid, which in turn, needs to account for the charging patterns.