The BPVA is committed to promoting the use of EV’s and the development of charging solutions. This will create a massive opportunity for the solar PV industry in the UK and internationally.
The mobility shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward and players in the two biggest markets today – Europe and the United States – are eager to develop the most successful business models and strategies.
But for electric vehicles (EV) to become mainstream, certain challenges need to be overcome. People have concerns the driving range of electric vehicles won't be enough to meet their needs, a problem known as range anxiety. As more EV models have been introduced over the past several years — including plug-in electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — EVs are limited by driving range, which is related to battery capacity. Current driving ranges are usually between 60 and 200 miles before recharging.
Still, the common notion is this: EVs are fine for people who tend to make short trips and who are not afraid of a little charge rage while being on the road. To fight this anxiety and to stimulate market players, many countries are offering increasing incentives such as tax credits, fate lane, financial incentives and no road tax.
There are least 22 plug-in electric vehicle models available by the end of 2015 but the lack of a dense affordable and user-friendly grid of public and semi-public charging stations remains the biggest challenge for the adoption of EVs.
The key to overcome the charging problem is to create a networks of public charging stations. Manufacturers, automakers and utilities are rapidly expanding their efforts to provide this much needed charging infrastructure. Charging an electric vehicle from fossil fuel energy sources is not idea so this is where renewables and specially solar energy can play an active role.