From: MARK BENSON , Electric Forum, More from this Affiliate
Published November 2, 2015 06:49 AM

Should government buildings offer free Electric Vehicle charging?

As governments around the world continue to push the concept of electric vehicles there are growing calls for all government buildings to offer free EV charging. This would certainly kickstart the concerns regarding EV charging networks which seems to be at the forefront of the minds of many sceptics. So, how would this concept work and is it really viable?

Helping the electric vehicle industry

While many governments around the world are doing a significant amount of work behind the scenes to help the electric vehicle market, could they do more? It would be wrong to suggest that all government buildings do not offer any form of electric vehicle charging but for many people these services are few and far between. When you consider that countries such as the UK employ more than 50% of the workforce in public services there must be an enormous scope to assist the industry?

 

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Trust factor

Even though there are many electric charging network companies emerging around the world, how many of these companies have you actually heard of? While there is no doubt the technology and the services which they offer are top notch and groundbreaking, is there still an issue with the trust factor? If you were to see an EV charging station connected to a government building there is a good chance that the trust factor would not be an issue and you would use these services without any concerns?

In many ways the trust factor is a major problem for the electric vehicle industry as a whole because this is a relatively new technology which is on the verge of going mass-market. As a consequence, it continues to attract large companies, many of whom have not been heard of by the general public.

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