Electric vehicles are unquestionably superior than their internal combustion engine-powered relatives in many ways.
They can recuperate energy during braking, which makes them much more efficient. They are also quieter, ratchet and vibrate less, accelerate more quickly. Additionally, their batteries ought to last as long as the car as a gasoline engine. But if we can’t get a handle on charger dependability, I’m becoming more and more sure that EV adoption will encounter significant issues.
Even the most ardent EV supporters must admit that charging a battery takes far longer than filling a tank with liquid fuel, even when the battery is attached to a very high-voltage DC fast charger. This rarely poses an issue for the roughly two-thirds of American auto buyers who have a place to charge overnight at home. People only travel 29 miles each day on average, so even short-range EVs should be adequate for the majority of drivers.
EV Charger Challenges
An account of a problem encountered was that there was the issue of whether or not all of the chargers were really operational at a specific place. Two of four charges at one EA station with a Plugshare rating of 9.8 were completely inoperative, while a third was limited to only 50 kW. Nothing had changed after four days apart from its Plugshare rating, which had gone up by 0.2 points to the maximum score of 10, with an italicized note on the low-power device.
Only one of our four cars is actually drawing power and charging its battery because three of the chargers were broken or not functioning at all. They had four automobiles and four chargers.
Whether you’re lucky, and arrive at the charger while no one else is there, and if you’re recharging your battery, you might be done before the third anxious EV enters the waiting crowd.
Technical staff from Shell Recharge and Electrify America are examining their data to see if they can identify anything particular regarding any or all of the issues. The technical guidance he received over the phone from EA support was by far the most helpful.
After connecting the charging handle to the car, the agent instructed him to hold it up rather than allowing the cable’s weight to drag it down. The Supercharger plug is more sleek than the bulkier, older CCS cable and handle.
Of course, these are all just stories, but when you combine them with a long list of incidents listed in reports, it becomes clear that there is a serious issue at hand.
Ford’s Charge Angels program is a preventative measure against the issue. In order to do this, a fleet of EVs must visit charging stations that are a part of the Ford Pass network, which consists of 13,500 chargers from various operators. These stations must also appear in the navigation system or mobile app of a Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, or E-Transit.
Ford uses that information, along with data from all the Ford EVs already on the road, to create a reliability score for each charger that a Ford customer has used to refuel their vehicle. Ford will ban a charger from appearing in the Ford Pass network if a score falls too low and will speak with the operator to try and fix the issue.