Major New Tech Breakthroughs in EV Chargers
Electronic Vehicles (EVs) are growing significantly in popularity – in large part thanks to major leaps
forward in battery and EV charging technology.
The technology has improved so significantly in these two areas that some industry reports predicting that
there will be 400+ million electronic vehicles on roads globally by 2040. That’s significant, since the only
way this many electronic vehicles will be cruising highways and byways is if there are substantial
investments in EV infrastructure like charging stations.
We’ve put together a quick guide to shine a light on just a handful of the major new technological
breakthroughs that are helping to spur EV adoption rates.
These are the technologies poised to transform the future of EVs and EV charging stations forever, the
kinds of technological advancements that have the potential to totally transform the way we transport
ourselves, our loved ones, as well as goods and products forever.
Let’s jump right in!
Smart Charging Tech
Early electronic vehicles (as well as most of the initial technology found in first generation electronic
vehicle charging stations) leveraged “dumb” charging technology.
To dramatically simplify things, you plugged a charger into your electronic vehicle from charging stations
for cars, sat back and relaxed for maybe 30 minutes, and then – when your battery was full – you drove
down the road again.
A constant and consistent flow of energy pushed into your battery to recharge it from these kind of EV
charging station setups.
No information about battery levels, battery life, the grid, or anything else was shared between your EV or
the charging station.
Today’s smart chargers, though, are a world apart from those “dumb” options.
This kind of EV charging station technology utilizes very advanced software that captures information
from your electronic vehicle, your battery, all networked chargers, the local grid the charging stations for
cars vehicles are hooked up to – and so much more.
All of these bits of data contribute to a much more balanced, a much safer, and a much more efficient
charging set up.
The end result is your battery gets just the right amount of juice it needs without damaging your battery,
overloading the grid, or costing you even just a single penny more than necessary.
Self-Healing Management Solutions
One of the biggest problems that electronic vehicle owners have right now, and a reason so many utilize
electric car chargers for home use only, is because there’s no real standardization across the industry
EV charge points can be inconsistent, even just from one street down to the next. Finding the right EV
chargers – chargers that are compatible with your vehicle and want to damage to your battery – can be a
bit of a struggle.
Self-healing management solutions built into electronic vehicles themselves are designed to first help you
find the right stations to charge, but are also designed to make sure that “incorrect” or just barely
compatible electronic car charging station setups won’t do damage to your vehicle.
Vehicles as a Charging Station
This is one of the most exciting new advancements in the world of electronic vehicles, and has the
potential to transform the way we look at our vehicles and how we use their internal power plants
throughout our daily lives.
Right now, people connect their vehicles to the grid (maybe via home EV charger, or at an electric vehicle
charging station) and power up their battery as it becomes depleted.
What if, though, you could use the charge you already have on your EV battery to charge other things –
tools, other vehicles, or even your home – when they lost power?
That’s exactly what engineers are working on right now!
Most of the EV charging stations in operation today are designed to charge passenger vehicles only.
New megawatt systems, though – 250 kW, 350 kW, and even 500 kW direct current charging systems –
are on the cusp of being rolled out in pretty substantial numbers.
These megawatt systems have the potential to give drivers 60 miles of range with just five minutes on the
charger. They can also provide nearly 80% battery capacity in just 20 to 30 minutes.
On top of that, though, these super sized charging stations are going to have the power and capacity
necessary to charge light-duty vehicles, vans, and (later) trucks like tractor-trailers.
That’s when things are going to get really, really exciting in the electronic vehicle world.
At the end of the day, it’s easy to see just how far we’ve come in the world of charging stations for electric
cars in just the last few years.
It used to be (not that long ago, even) that anyone that wanted to charge their EV had to do it using
electric car chargers for home garages. There just weren’t a lot of commercial EV stations out there to
pick and choose from.
Today, though, nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only are their more EV charging station options available than ever before – with new stations being
built all the time – but the underlying technology in these EV charging stations is getting better and better,