Should government buildings offer free EV charging?

Should government buildings offer free EV charging?
Should government buildings offer free EV charging?

As governments around the world continue to push the concept of electric vehicles, there are growing calls for all government buildings to offer free EV charging. This would certainly kickstart the concerns regarding EV charging networks which seems to be at the forefront of the minds of many sceptics. So, how would this concept work and is it really viable?

 

Helping the electric vehicle industry

While many governments around the world are doing a significant amount of work behind the scenes to help the electric vehicle market, could they do more? It would be wrong to suggest that all government buildings do not offer any form of electric vehicle charging but for many people these services are few and far between. When you consider that countries such as the UK employ more than 50% of the workforce in public services there must be an enormous scope to assist the industry?

Trust factor

Even though there are many electric charging network companies emerging around the world, how many of these companies have you actually heard of? While there is no doubt that the technology and the services which they offer are top notch and groundbreaking, is there still an issue with the trust factor? If you were to see an EV charging station connected to a government building is there a good chance that the trust factor would not be an issue and you would use these services without any concerns?

In many ways the trust factor is a major problem for the electric vehicle industry as a whole because this is a relatively new technology which is on the verge of going mass-market. As a consequence, it continues to attract large companies, many of whom have not been heard of by the general public.

Is home charging the real answer?

Many experts believe that electric vehicle home charging services, are the way forward in the short to medium term and indeed perhaps a long-term solution to this issue. It may well take a two-pronged attack by governments around the world, offering free or discounted electric vehicle charging on their premises, or incentivizing power companies around the world to offer home charging kits to their customers.

It is also easy to forget there have been major developments in the area of electric vehicle charging technology and that the systems available today bear little to no resemblance to those of a decade ago. We have seen a dramatic reduction in charging times, greater reliability, and an overall lower system cost. We may still be some way off the creation of a worldwide commercial electric vehicle charging network but perhaps governments across the globe hold the key?

Conclusion

Slowly, but surely, the trust factor associated with the electric vehicle industry and charging network companies, is improving, but there is still further work to be done. In the meantime it may take governments around the world to come together and offer free or discounted electric vehicle charging stations on public service premises. This should hopefully give the kickstart that the industry requires to move into the "mass market", because in the minds of many people it is a case of the "chicken and the egg, what came first,?": The electric vehicle or the electric vehicle charging network?