Reality Check: BMW Charging Infrastructure... Is Lacking
The truth about BMW's EV lineup along with other EV's coming out today is more charging infrastructure is needed. BMW executives recognize the issue and are working on partnerships to rid of the anxiety. A recent interview provided much needed insight. Read on:
Speaking to Innovation Origins, BMW’s director of global research cooperation, Stephan Neugebauer made things rather clear in this respect.
“No one will buy an electric car if you can’t charge it near your work or home. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “That is why we must continue our partnership with the European Union. Except that we no longer need to focus solely on the actual development of the car itself, as has been mainly the case in recent years. We should focus on cooperation with others, like energy companies and municipalities.”
And he’s right. Too little is being done in this regard. Manufacturers have actually invested in various charging solutions just so that they could help their customers once they decided to go electric. Even so, the efforts in this regard are not nearly on par with what truly needs to be done.
“You just have to be able to drive somewhere and stick the plug into a socket so that you can charge a car. That’s my vision for the future,” Neugebauer added. According to the same official, the money needed to ramp up the efforts in this regard are already available through the EU’s Horizon Europe program, estimated to be worth 100 billion euros.