To drive electric vehicle sales in the United States, where the market has been growing slowly for a long time, operators are increasingly relying on networks of charging stations.
To overcome fear of power cuts, US President Joe Biden promised that creating these alternatives to fuel stations would be a priority.
In New Jersey, as is the case in many US states, the authorities recently allocated $ 5.4 million to establish electrical charging points in 27 crowded locations, such as shopping centers and service stations.
But if they are necessary to accelerate the transition to fully electric cars, these public stations may not be used much because motorists generally park their cars in the parking lot at home or at work.
“The point of terminals in public places is to recharge from time to time,” said Big Hana, director of New Jersey environmental protection services.
Ben Rich admits that he usually recharges his Tesla at home but uses public stations when he travels.
“People need to know that they can recharge if they need to,” said a professor of physics and environmental sciences in Montclair, New Jersey. Otherwise, “they won’t want to give up their petrol cars.”
Electric vehicle sales were only 2.5 percent in the United States in the first quarter of the year, according to specialist Cox.
But initiatives have flourished in recent months, beginning with General Motors, the number one US carmaker, announcing the introduction of fuel-free cars by 2035.
Ford also plans to introduce an electric version of its popular F-150 truck on May 19.
President Joe Biden, who pledged 500,000 charging stations during his campaign, has included funding to build them in his major infrastructure program.
“The question is no longer + if + but + when + will electric charging stations become widespread,” said Jonathan Levy, sales director at IFGO.
Evgo, which was established in 2010, offers robust terminals that speed up cargo operations. This group, which is seeking to enter Wall Street this year, has created 800 websites in 65 American cities.
Faster charging times allow the driver to fill his car with electricity while shopping or eating out.
But it always takes longer than the few minutes it takes to fill your tank with gasoline or diesel.
On the budget side, the amounts vary according to the shipping methods (at home or at a public station) and the types of stations, but the cost is generally lower than the cost of fuel.
Pascal Romano said that motorists will get used to this and start charging their cars at home as if they charge their smartphones.
The head of Charge Point, a company that operates cargo terminals that entered the New York Stock Exchange in early March, said refueling was “out of date.”
At present, some sites are still not used frequently.
For example, an IFGO charging point in a suburban New York City shopping district in Selden was used less than twice a day in March, according to Darren Moss of the malls management firm Brixmore Property Group.
However, he expects that the demand growth will be “steady” in the coming years, adding, “Providing this service helps attract customers.”
Although the electrical charging point installed at its service station in Brick, New Jersey is of little use, Jesse Gorgakles expects a real improvement.
He understands the importance of preserving the environment for his son’s generation, but he is also concerned about the future of his small business that his grandfather set up in 1947.
“What are we going to replace all of the fuel-related business with?” He asked. From the people who ship it to the people who put it in the vehicles, there is a lot of jobs and money at stake. ”
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