Charging Stations for Electric Cars: Forming the future

As charging stations for electric cars become more widespread so will the use of electric vehicles. But the future is not based solely on building these charging stations for electric cars, rather on the advanced technology employed in them.

Smart charging for millions of cars

Charging stations for electric cars offer multiple charging possibilities to vehicles throughout the whole day. In many charging stations for electric cars today you simply plug in and begin to recharge.

This, however, is not electricity efficient since as electric cars become more widespread the use of electricity to recharge the vehicles during the day, on peak demand times, can overload the electricity grid in the area and can even cause blackouts.

There is a solution to this, smart vehicle to grid technology already exists and simply needs to be employed in all stations. V2G communication allows for intelligent energy management - it can divert charging to off peak demand times when sensing a surge as well as recharge electric vehicles not through the electricity grid but rather from other vehicles who choose to supply it, for a fee.

When will the future smart grid technology be employed?

Many electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, already have smart apps allowing you to decide when to recharge your vehicle, with charging beginning only at certain hours and not simply when your electric vehicle is plugged in to an electrical socket.

However, providing continuously updating smart grid communication technologies to all charging stations for electric cars around the country costs millions and there is a need for government incentives in order to make it happen and help all of us save money and use the electricity available in a clean, smart way.

There also needs to be regulations stating that charging in times of off peak demand for electricity will cost less in charging stations for electric cars for drivers to have the incentives they need to choose their charging time more efficiently.

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