As various countires and cities around the world are rolling out policies with regards to the integration of charging stations that would allow for greater use of electric and hybrid vehicles, it’s becoming more apparent that perhaps the development of vehicular technology is moving substantially faster than might be realistic.
The issue will not be with the charging stations installed in North American and European cities that are adapting to the use of greener personal transportation methods, but with access to home charging stations. As policies and availability of charging stations away from home are becoming more prevalent, making it more realistic for your average driver to more towards the clean technology, it looks as though more people jumping on the bandwagon could create a bigger problem.
The electrical systems in houses just aren’t equipped to provide adequate charging power for electric vehicles. While households with one electric vehicle might have adequate power, charging two at a time, particularly when time is of the essence, might not be supported according to some environmental authorities, like the Tenessee Valley Authority’s VP of Environmental Policy, Joe Hoagland. While it might be possible to provide trickle charging from homes, which would provide small amounts of power at a time to electric vehicle, charging at faster paces would likely blow a home’s transformer. In some cities, additional issues will need to be addressed, like payment structures for charging when people are out visiting friends or family in their electric vehicles and need a boost. In this regard, there is some talk of a meter technology that would allow visitors to charge for a cost.
With every major car manufacturer looking to release their own hybrid/electric vehicle in the upcoming years, until these issues are addressed, there may be more vehicles available on the market than there is a demand for.