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The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds

The Race is on.  Interest is buzzing surrounding the potential future proliferation of Electric Vehicles (EVs). So many questions have day-to-day drivers and other potential consumers of this budding technology wondering:

How convenient (or inconvenient) will it be to recharge an EV’s battery? 

Will there be a quick charge option in addition to a regular charge with every EV vehicle?

Is a quick charge quick enough?

Is the range long enough for typical commuting needs?

Are present homeowner garage electrical outlets prepared to handle charging of an EV vehicle or will there be another type of connector?

What about the locations of public charging facilities?

How will power charging be made available (price, cash, credit, or remotely added to ones utility bill)?

Auto manufacturers, EV Connector manufacturers, EV charger manufacturers, testing agencies, and EV supply equipment manufacturers are scurrying to work out the solutions. Priorities such as safety, convenience, functionality, cost, dependability, and standardization will be the keys to EV’s making any significant footprint in the automotive space.  Are we ready?

 NEMA says yes. It recently organized the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)/Systems Section which will promote the EVSE technologies and federal incentives that ensure widespread and rapid adoption of an electrical vehicle infrastructure.  Among the issues related to vehicle charging and infrastructure noted above, Industry participating in the NEMA EVSE/Systems section will have the opportunity to address safety concerns for electric vehicle supply equipment through standards revision and development. The key will be getting the various stakeholders to sit down together and NEMA is the forum where we can make it happen!

 For information on the new EVSE/System Section contact Harry Massey at 703 841-3287 or Har_Massey@nema.org

Paul Orr

NEMA


Posted 12-16-2010 1:29 PM by Orr, Paul

Comments

chris wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 12-27-2010 5:04 PM

these are great questions that need to be answered before the world of EV'c can be lifted off its feet.

My biggest concern is range. I would not want to buy a full EV and have to recharge every 50 miles or so - it is just not optimal.

Phil R. wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 12-27-2010 6:41 PM

I think the change over will take MUCH longer than the electrical industry hopes.  Gas is still plentiful and cheap...plus I make a lot of longer trips (200 miles plus) and having to stop and recharge for eight to sixteen hours every couple of hundred miles is going to make such cars impractical for many people.  That is the biggest hurdle EV's will have to overcome.  Just my two cents.  Thanks.

Arthur wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 01-12-2011 8:47 PM

They are coming up with such amazing technology..the next few years will be an exciting time.  Thanks for the post!

Peter L. wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 02-10-2011 6:27 AM

Most important is, that consumers seem to be ready to buy electric vehicles.

Daniel wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 07-09-2011 12:09 PM

I am interested in Electric Vehicles and I got a lot of useful information here. I really want to have a EV.

Joseph wrote re: The EV Race is On – Are We Ready? NEMA Responds
on 04-16-2012 3:32 PM

I like what you guys are discussing on EV;s Race. Nice topic!

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