What if you had to book soon to use a charging station, in order to be sure to have one available in a given time slot? Would users be willing to pay for it, in order to have peace of mind about it? This is the question posed by the installer of SMS charging points in the United Kingdom.
The company then surveyed 1,000 electric car drivers. According to the results of this survey, a third of users would be ready to spend 5 pounds. 27% would go up to 10 pounds and 7% would go above that figure. The latter would therefore be ready to put around €11 in order to benefit from a reserved charging station, in addition to the price of kWh.
At the same time, 67% of respondents say they would like to know more about the availability of public charging stations before switching to electric cars. Especially since 5% of respondents admit charging their vehicle exclusively at home. 20% of them can only rely on charging stations.
The challenges remain multiple with the electric
Still, the challenges to be solved with the electric are multiple, in order to facilitate its adoption. The lack of availability, accessibility, incompatibilities or terminal problems and payment difficulties can lead to many frustrations. Mark Winn, director of electric car strategy at SMS, points out:
“When it comes to EV charging, companies have deployed – and continue to deploy – the wrong kind of chargers, in the wrong places. In addition, payment options are either substandard or created to monopolize the market. , and infrastructure maintenance doesn’t seem to be on the to-do list.”
What to create“dissatisfaction among customers, frustration and anxiety for EV drivers”. The company even believes that “The future of electric motoring in the UK is unfairly in question.”
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To sum up
According to a survey, users of electric cars would be ready to pay a supplement to benefit from a reservation on a charging station. What to avoid the anguish of the occupied terminals and to avoid the disappointments.