Introduction: As the world accelerates towards a more sustainable future with the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), insufficient charging infrastructure has been a significant hurdle that slows widespread acceptance. Many businesses are grappling with a scarcity of charging stations and insufficient resources to support their electrification efforts and ultimately their customers. This article explores the challenges posed by the lack of charging station infrastructure and proposes a creative solution: the utilization of mobile charging units (MCU).

Current State of Charging Infrastructure
Despite the growing deployment of EVs, commercial and fleet charging infrastructure has struggled to keep pace with the increasing demand. In both urban and rural areas, and even along highways, EV drivers often face the challenge of finding charging stations. This scarcity poses a considerable barrier, discouraging potential EV adopters who worry about running out of charge or being limited in how far they may travel without a readily available station.

Urban planners and policymakers face the complex task of balancing the need for charging infrastructure development with the often-limited electrical grid resources being accessible.

Traditional charging stations require significant investment, dependence on electrical utility providers, and time to install, leading to a slow expansion of the charging network.

The Role of MCUs
One promising solution to charging infrastructure challenges and the speed at which charging stations can be built lies in the deployment of an MCU.

Using our proprietary battery pack technology, ZEVx bridges the gap by providing a turn-key solution that offers on-demand mobile charging stations. Our MCUs can be strategically placed in locations, such as:

  • Parking lots (shopping centers, airports, apartment complexes, etc.)
  • Popular gathering spots
  • Events where a sudden surge in electric vehicle users is anticipated
  • Fleet depots and hub facilities lacking charging infrastructure

By strategically placing MCUs, EV drivers have access to a charging solution when and where they need it the most.

MCUs offer a flexible and convenient charging solution. This approach not only addresses the immediate need for charging infrastructure but also provides a scalable and adaptable solution that can evolve with changing demand patterns.

The Advantages of MCUs:

  • Rapid Deployment: MCUs can be quickly deployed to address immediate needs. This agility is especially beneficial during peak usage times or in response to unexpected needs.
  • Cost-Effective: Compared to the installation of traditional charging stations, mobile units are a more cost-effective solution. They require less upfront investment and can be moved to different locations as demand evolves, optimizing resource utilization.
  • Scalability: As the adoption of EVs continues to grow, the demand for charging infrastructure will also increase. MCUs provide a scalable solution that can be easily expanded to meet the evolving needs of the EV market.
  • Accessibility: MCUs enhance accessibility by reaching areas where fixed charging stations may be impractical, ensuring that a broader demographic can benefit from the increase in charging station locations.
  • Charging Speed: MCUs bring Level 3 DC-Fast Charging to sites that may not have the electrical requirements or property permits to supply a higher rate of charge to cycle vehicles efficiently.

Conclusion
While the lack of charging station infrastructure remains a challenge for EVs, the introduction of MCUs offers two promising solutions: addressing the immediate needs of EV owners and creating the foundation for a more comprehensive and adaptable charging network.

Craig Johnston
VP, Product Management

Craig leads the portfolio of products at ZEVx. He has focused his career on building partnerships with customers and technology providers, and brings clean energy technologies to market. He is recognized as a thought leader and speaks at industry conferences and panels.