Auto sector targets EV charging infrastructure in bid to speed growth

With more auto makers investing big in the electric vehicle space, consumers and forecasters continue to fret over the ability to actually charge these shiny new cars. Worries about the distance a battery can power a vehicle before needing to be plugged in – sometimes referred to as “range anxiety” – have been viewed as one of the major obstacles to growing EVs’ share of the transport market. But with more announcements on investment in charging, there are signs that that the auto industry – together with energy companies keen to diversify their business – is making serious attempts to tackle the problem. Volkswagen is aiming to install 36,000 electric vehicle charging points by 2025 across Europe, 11,000 of them developed by the VW brand directly, the auto company said recently. VW is investing about €250 million in charging points alone at its European locations, and calling for more to be done across the industry to speed up development. “Charging an electric car must become just as easy and normal as charging a smart phone,” said  Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board for VW’s E-Mobility unit in June. “This is why we need significantly more charging stations in public spaces… continue reading

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