The role of public EV charging in overall PEV adoption


Navigant Research has published a new report analysing the relationship between the deployment of public electric vehicle charging systems and the demand for plug-in EVs.

The report looks at how industry stakeholders, and factors such as technology innovations are accelerating the adoption of plug-in EVs.

Key study findings include:

  • The deployment of public EV chargers is encouraging plug-in EV adoption
  • Using subsidies to shape and standardize public charger deployments and the creation of new revenue streams for charge point operators can accelerate PEV industry development
  • EV markets have grown considerably since 2010, owing to government policies and advances in battery technology.
  • Purchase subsidy programmes for plug-in EVs in major markets are beginning to phase out
  • The ownership of plug-in EVs largely remains an option for select consumer groups rather than the mass market due to an insufficient public charging solution
  • The EV industry is striving to deploy sufficient public charging options

Scott Shepard, a senior research analyst at Navigant Research, said: “This finding is encouraging for PEV market stakeholders, and should be considered when designing policies to speed PEV adoption.

“There are many ways to support public charging, and a growing collection of solutions are emerging on behalf of steady progress, with technology standards and innovative approaches using communication protocols and energy storage technologies.”

To increase the deployment of charging infrastructure, Navigant recommends:

  • Stakeholders use subsidies to shape and standardise public charger deployment
  • The encouragement of interoperability and flexibility
  • Clarify the role of the electricity transmission and distribution sector
  • Open additional revenue streams for charge point operators can aid in market advancement