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Public chargers don’t affect EV sales?? what?

Here is some interesting research:

When we account for the relevant factors, our analysis suggests that the relationship between public charger awareness and plug‐in electric vehicle demand is weak or non‐existent,

In short: When people are considering if they want to drive/purchase an EV the availability of public chargers doesn’t factor into their decision. In interesting result. Granted when people are considering a conventional ICE car the availability of local gas stations doesn’t factor either–but this is simply because gas stations are found everywhere. If you are considering a Diesel vehicle, however, you’ll be interested in how many local stations sell Diesel fuel (simply because not all gas stations have Diesel–at least in the U.S.).

When I was considering getting the Focus Electric local public chargers did not factor into my decision process. My main concern was: can I get to and from work on a charge and have sufficient reserve to be able to run errands and/or be able to charge sufficiently at home in order to go out later after work. Obviously the answer to both those questions was yes (I already knew before I got the car that workplace charging was not available and wouldn’t be available to me). Thus my experience fits in with the results of that research.

This makes perfect sense: Your house already has an electric “feed” going to it. You know that if you get an electric car you’ll be able to charge at home. Your main consideration will be: can I get everything I need to do with the EV charge I can get at home on a daily basis. This would lead to some “range anxiety” concerns (a really bad term coined by the media–you get “range anxiety” in a gas car too when the low fuel light turns on). If you’ve done your homework and determined that an EV is the right fit for you; you quickly realize what the EV can and cannot do with the home charge. Its only at that point where you even begin to consider public charging: When you’ve determined it all works for you and then ask “Hey! Where else can I take my EV?” that is when you start looking for public charging which is long after the initial purchase decision.


Thinking about an EV?

Are you currently interested in purchasing an EV and are going through the research phase? Does your driving pattern fit within the parameters of an EV?
When I was doing my research to see if the FFE would work for me I had the same question. I did all the math and it told me that it should have no issues with the FFE. Still your left questioning…what if?
During my investigations I found the iEV smartphone app. (Note that I have no connections to the makers of iEV–just a happy customer.) You run the app whenever you drive somewhere in your current car. The app uses the phone’s accelerometer to estimate what electricity your driving would use if you were driving an EV. They have recently updated the app to version 3.
iEV 3 screen grab
This new version has a larger selection of EVs to choose from and shows you how your trips fit with each. After using it for a few weeks you’ll get a feel if an EV is right for you–maybe even which EV is right for you.