What has happened to the electric car sector? Recent subsidies provided by Government were expected to increase purchases of electric cars, but have failed. Without a network of service and support stations outside urban areas, few people are keen to transition to the electric car.
Progress is on the horizon. A company in the US has recently demonstrated a fast charger suitable for major transport corridors as well as high-traffic commercial locations, which is able to charge the batteries in a Nissan LEAF to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
The development of a service network containing rapid charge points is often considered the pinch-point in development of an electric vehicle market. With solutions on the horizon Government can now begin to consider how such a network will look and operate as well as its impacts on the energy system and the environment.