Much like Doc Brown who attempted time travel with his invention of the flux capacitor in “Back to the Future,” EV charging technology continues to evolve and improve at a rapid pace, allowing for drivers to go farther, charge faster, and do things that were not possible before. And these days, EVs can certainly go much faster than 88 miles per hour, though we don’t advocate breaking speed limits.
The future of electric vehicle charging is expected to bring significant advancements in charging technology and infrastructure, as the adoption of EVs continues to grow worldwide.
Here are some key trends that are expected to shape the future of EV charging:
- Increased charging speeds: With advancements in charging technology, EVs are expected to be able to charge much faster in the future, reducing the time required for a full charge. For example, ultra-fast charging stations with power outputs of up to 350 kW like Koulomb’s chargers are already in the market, which can charge cars in just 15 minutes, or as fast as your EV allows. Koulomb is ahead of the curve with its chargers and it’s expected that most new EVs manufactured in the future will catch up.
- Wireless charging: Wireless charging technology is being developed that would allow EVs to charge without the need for cables and connectors. This technology would be particularly useful for EVs that have automated parking systems, allowing them to automatically park and charge at designated charging spots.
- Smart charging: Smart charging technology allows for more efficient use of electricity by managing charging times based on the availability of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. It can also help reduce the load on the grid by managing charging times during periods of peak demand.
- Bidirectional charging: Bidirectional charging technology would allow EVs to not only draw power from the grid but also to provide power back to the grid, enabling them to be used as a source of energy storage. This technology can help stabilize the grid during periods of high demand and reduce the need for expensive grid upgrades.
- Integrated charging infrastructure: Integration of EV charging infrastructure with other infrastructure such as public transit, parking garages, and shopping centers can make charging more convenient for EV drivers and increase the visibility of EVs in the community.
Overall, the future of EV charging is expected to bring significant improvements in charging speed, convenience, and efficiency, making it easier and more practical for drivers to switch to electric vehicles. As charging infrastructure continues to develop and mature, it will play a critical role in enabling widespread adoption of electric vehicles and promoting sustainable transportation.
Tell us – which trend are you most excited about?