EVBox research sets out North American charging needs
Research carried out by Dutch electric vehicle charging specialist EVBox has set out how US charging needs contrast with those in Europe as it expands its activities in North America.
Executed to guide the development of the firm’s forthcoming Level 2 charger designed specifically for the US, the analysis was carried out by EVBox in California among EV drivers, parking valets, facility managers and installers, and found larger stations are favoured in the US due to a lack of constraints on size and for commercial reasons; the research also found that EV charging is seen as a business opportunity in the US, with most charging stations installed for private companies, for example at public parking garages or shopping malls.
And the research identified that US drivers opting for electric vehicles do so on the basis of being early tech adopters and for the driving experience, along with cost. This contrasts with Europe where the environment – together with cost – is the primary reason.
Due for launch from the beginning of 2019, the new EVBox charger builds on the research by offering a modular design that allows for easy installation and scalability, and durable build, with very low maintenance requirements. It can also be easily customised, enabling station owners to personalise stations with their own branding.
Other features include smart cable management system and the ability to charge up to four vehicles at the same time (7.4kW).
Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO EVBox, said: “Our goal was to create an electric vehicle charging station that makes the charging experience as convenient and easy as possible for North American EV drivers. The Level 2 business charger is part of a new generation of smart EV charging solutions, and we believe it will help consumers and businesses accelerate their adoption of electric mobility.”
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