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Charging Infrastructure: The Key to Driving Electric Mobility  

The increasing adoption of electric vehicles highlights a significant challenge for the development of charging infrastructure.

The strides in technology and the growing momentum towards electric mobility are facilitating a wider reach of charging infrastructure. From high-speed charging stations along highways and service stations to convenient charging spots in commercial hubs (supermarkets, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, etc.), and even residential charging solutions, the options available for electric vehicle owners are continually expanding. 

A Wide Array of Options  

Today, there are various charging levels, connector types (which vary depending on the location), power outputs (alternating current or direct current), and a wide range of possibilities based on battery capacities, car types, and driving habits. 

Types of Charging 

  • Home Charging 7kW | Plugging in with the provided cable, it takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to achieve a full charge. 
  • Semi-Fast Charging 22kW | With this type of charging, the electric vehicle battery needs 3 to 5 hours to fully charge. The use of Wallbox, smart chargers for home use, is recommended. 
  • Fast Charging 50kW/360kW | With fast and ultra-fast charging, the vehicle needs approximately 15 minutes to half an hour to reach maximum charge. In this case, specific infrastructure and installation are required. 

It’s important to note that the different charging times mentioned are for a full battery charge; in everyday use, most users don’t need to charge their cars to 100% capacity for urban travel. 

The Challenge of Standardization 

Faced with this range of options, significant challenges arise in terms of standardizing charging models worldwide, which implies achieving interoperability for electric vehicles. This requires open communication protocols in charging infrastructure, such as OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface), to ensure that drivers can charge their vehicles at any charging point

Also, it should be noted that, aside from considering various variables regarding the location of public and private charging stations, the planning of the electrical grid must always be taken into account to ensure the correct and efficient demand. 

Regarding service workshops, the conversion should also include the installation of a charging point for power verification, control, and checking between the car and the charger. The same applies to dealerships, where some brands have installed chargers through their partnerships with charging infrastructure companies, representing a significant step towards a comprehensive solution for the customer. 

Thanks to strategic partnerships, some brands have already installed chargers in dealerships. This represents a significant step for the electric vehicle industry. 

Undoubtedly, the trend in charging infrastructure is towards pursuing higher power to decrease charging times, as well as fostering more digitization processes, connectivity, utilization of Big Data, and integration with AI. 

Diego Cosentino
Sustainable Mobility / e-mobility Consultant

With over 20 years of experience in the automotive sector, Diego has held middle and managerial positions in international companies and organizations alongside multicultural teams. He has been responsible for mobility area management, leading the implementation of various communication actions and business models that resulted in effective alliances with various private sector players.