Do we need charging infrastructure for electric vehicles?
Paper presented at Workshop "Future Mobility", Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics, University of Bremen, 29th and 30th Nov 2012
The large-scale introduction of Electric vehicles can significantly reduce green house gas emissions from the transport sector. However, current battery technologies offer only limited ranges compared to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Thus, it has been argued that electric vehicles need many public charging points to compensate for the limited range. Here, we simulate a large data set of today's users driving profiles as battery or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and study the effect of different charging options on the replaceability of today's vehicles and on electric driving shares of would-be plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Our findings in answer to to major question of this paper "Do we need additional charging infrastructure for electric vehicles?" can be summarised as: "not much."