The good news is that EV charging technology is progressing quickly. In slightly under 10 minutes, Penn State researchers unveiled a charging technology in October of this year. Lead author of the research Chao-Yang Wang noted that the discovery “will create a new potential to shrink electric vehicle batteries from 150 to 50 kWh without causing drivers to feel range anxiety.” This finding also fits neatly into the everyday driving patterns of the majority of EV owners.

The technology is perfectly compatible with entry-level to mid-range electric vehicles’ typical 250-mile range statistics, which provides another motivation to bring the breakthrough to the general public. With a cutting-edge cooling system, even NASA is playing the innovation game and could cut charging durations to only five minutes. The greater worry, though, is how EV charging may affect the electrical power infrastructure as adoption rises meteorically and charging habits change over time.

There is growing fear that the current electrical infrastructure may not be able to handle the issue since home charging is currently the most common way to fuel electric vehicles. Current incentives that promote at-home charging at night have come under scrutiny in particular because they may put an unforeseen burden on the charging infrastructure. The future of EV charging is inextricably linked to an effective grid, which in turn needs to take the charging patterns into consideration, according to Pecan Street’s research.

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