Government plans to start supplying half-million new public EV chargers by 2030 . Government says US electric vehicle sales will increase by 85 percent from 2020 to 2021 .
TEMPLE HILLS, Maryland, June 24: The electric car charger had only appeared at the park a month before, but Lonte was already envisioning it.The 32-year-old said it caught my attention on a sunny June morning while out walking in a park in Prince Georges County, a predominantly-black area just outside Washington, D.C. Then, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, that it was interesting that it was expanding out to our region.When people see it, it could encourage them to buy more hybrid cars.I think its a great thing.That could be changing soon in Prince Georges County and around the country.According to the government, US electric vehicle (EV) sales increased by 85 percent from 2020 to 2021, leaving the country the third-largest EV market outside China and Europe, but raising concerns about inequitable charging access.According to Dave Mullaney, a nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute researcher who studies carbon-free mobility, the general rule of thumb in public charging structures has been that they tend to move to where the money is when they are installed by profit-seeking organizations.Officials and others have also moved to avoid charging deserts, as a result. This month, the government revealed $2.5 billion in spending, among other things, that was aimed at boosting charging opportunities in underserved and overburdened communities.Mullaney said that time is of the essence.He said that EVs will be the only vehicle you can buy in the not-too-distant future, and that the equity issue is resolved now, the ability to charge them will be unbalanced.HOME-FOCUSED According to statistics released in a study published last year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the 20 states with the highest EV chargers paid a median home price of almost $800,000, more than twice the national average. According to a survey carried out by J.D.Power last year, 88% of EV owners regularly or always charge their vehicles at their homes, a challenge that is particularly challenging for those who live in apartment buildings, which make up almost a third of all homes in the United States.ChargePoint, the world's largest EV charging network, has senior director of North American policy Anthony Harrison, said that the unit is different from traditional gasoline fueling in that it charges while you park rather than charging while you're sleeping in your apartment building at night.We need to convert into more than just a single family home, but also multifamily environments if we want to engage people of all income levels in having access to charging while they're sleeping at night. According to Lauren Faber OConnor, the city's chief sustainability officer, Los Angeles now requires that 10% of parking spaces in multifamily and commercial buildings have charging installed, and another 30% is planned to support such equipment in the future.Los Angeles has already met a target to provide 10,000 new commercial charging stations and is now aiming for 25,000 by 2025, with over 60% of the money from those installations being paid to chargers in apartment buildings.OConnor said that city departments are also developing ways to add charging to city facilities, from parking lights to parks and lightpoles, adding that the L.A.Zoo was the most commonly used fast charger in the region for a while. Mullaney of the Rocky Mountain Institutes cites two main approaches emerging internationally: Chinas, which are centered on creating massive, central charging hubs, and Europe's minimalist approach, which includes streetlights with outlets and drivers providing their own power cord.According to him, the United States would most likely employ a combination of the two approaches.A LARGE SPOT FOR A CHARGER According to Vanessa Perkins, who bought an electric vehicle years before realizing there was no place to charge it near her Chicago home, urban areas are brimming with charging opportunities.Perkins, who is now a charging activist, said that there were plenty of (public) chargers in the poorer areas. She began to wonder if the small businesses she worked with in her career, which were focused on energy-efficiency improvements, could have chargers, as many of them had parking lots.When she called, many expressed an interest, as long as they did not have to pay installation fees.Perkins and others founded a non-profit called Community Charging in 2019 and joined with EVmatch, a company that helps people rent and share private chargers, last year to win a small philanthropic grant to fund five chargers to be installed in areas that did not have them.She recalls driving around and thinking, That would be a good spot for a charger. Since then, Perkins said, the public discussion has exploded dramatically.Illinois will begin providing major incentives for the production of EV chargers in July, with the intention of directing 40% of its total climate investment to low-income and other marginalized communities.Prince Georges County is also seeing a transformation.Two miles from where Lonte worked, a crew was digging holes for four EV chargers near a community center as part of a state pilot program that will see 250 chargers installed by the local Pepco utility. According to Lauren Belle, a sustainability specialist with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the goal is to have equal numbers of chargers in the county's nine districts eventually.According to her, the demand for charging is expected to outpace the construction of charging stations.So were seeking to help fill the equity gap.