While the EV industry is certainly going from strength to strength, there is a feeling in some quarters that perhaps some authorities are getting a little carried away. A number of local authorities around the world have suggested that new homes should have some form of electric vehicle charging facility as standard. Indeed, some authorities are looking to go as far as to make this part of the regulatory framework when building new properties.
The fact is, that governments around the world are doing more today than they ever have done cumulatively to assist the EV market. However, are they going too far?
Taking away choice
Perhaps one reason why the EV industry is so strong today, compared to mass-market moves in the past, is the fact that no government around the world is yet forcing EV transport on consumers or businesses. Even though governments around the world have put forward a significant amount of funding, the choice is still with individuals and so far there have been no punitive taxes added to diesel/petrol vehicles to assist EV travel.
Quote from ElectricForum.com : "I'd like to pose a dilema that cities all over the world are dealing with. Private resident EV owners who park in the street because they don't have a driveway. How do they charge their car?"
Therefore, the potential for some local authorities around the world to bring EV charging facilities under the building regulations could well be a step too far. It not only adds more to the cost of building a property but also looks to force individuals to consider electric vehicle travel when otherwise they may not have gone down that particular route.
Have we gone past the point of no return?
If you take a look back in the history of the electric vehicle industry you will see a number of highs, a number of lows, and a number of times when experts have believed that electric vehicles were on the verge of the mass-market. The fact is that for a variety of different reason the industry has often shot itself in the foot, grasped defeat from the jaws of victory, and between EV manufacturers and governments around the world, in simple terms, often made a complete mess of it.
The situation today is very different in that governments around the world have already invested billions of dollars into the EV industry and they have put aside even larger funding for the future. In simple terms, it does look as though we have gone past the point of no return hence the reason why some governments and some local authorities are looking to add EV charging facilities as standard to new homes.
At this moment in time the electric vehicle industry is doing very well by itself, assisted by manufacturers and governments around the world but predominantly dependent upon the consumer. As we suggested above, much of this success of late has been centred on the fact that consumers still have a choice and governments around the world are not force-feeding electric vehicle travel on the masses.
Talk of potentially requiring EV charging facilities to be part of building regulations around the world seems very positive on paper but is it a step too far?