‘Charger Desert’ in Big Cities Threatens EV Adoption

Lawren Henderson
Staff Writer at Cluster

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When asked, many urban dwellers say they would consider purchasing an EV for their next vehicle were it not for one problem, a lack of charging infrastructure in cities. Despite a coming wave of electric cars from automakers — governments, regulators and utilities aren’t doing enough to ensure sufficient charging stations exist to make dense cities EV friendly. And while several metro areas have announced plans to ban gas powered cars in the future, global sales of pure EVs actually fell in the U.S. and China last year. 

Nothing short of a large-scale Marshall Plan level infrastructure project will prepare American consumers to adopt EVs in mass, especially in cities where single family homes are sparse and the nearest charging station is often miles away. In "charger deserts" like NYC, EV owners report having to wait at Whole Foods to fill up. But manufacturers warn that quick charging technology commonly found in public spaces like grocery stores shouldn’t be relied on exclusively as it leads to faster battery degradation. 

The full story at the New York Times >>

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Published on
April 22, 2020