Houses Will be the Refuelling Stations of the Future
Over the next decade, EVs, which run on rechargeable batteries and use no gas or diesel, could account for a quarter of worldwide car sales according to the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Industry experts disagree on the amount and types of infrastructure that will be needed in the EV ecosystem of the future, but there is no doubt that the current refueling system will undergo massive disruption. Companies such as Tesla have understood from the beginning that drivers need to make long trips on the road, so the fast highway chargers, like the network supercharger, are a necessity. This public infrastructure will supplement home-based charging.
McKinsey & Company have published a number of studies examining the upcoming transition to e-mobility. In a recent blog post, Hauke Engel, a partner of the McKinsey Centre for future mobility, offers thoughtful insight into the future of EV recharge. The vast majority of EV owners in the United States will probably charge in their own garage entrance or garage, Engel mentioned, noting that “driveway and garage car recharge” is profitable because it employs off-peak residential, as opposed to commercial prices, electricity. This prediction is supported by McKinsey’s own forecasts of the EV penetration data at the postal code level: the suburbs will emerge as hot spots for the first EV adopters.