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Perceived Usage Potential of Fast-Charging Locations

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Institute for Automotive Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen 52074, Germany
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EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Stuttgart 70567, Germany
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Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart 70569, Germany
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj9010014
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 20 June 2018
Fast-charging infrastructure with charging time of 20–30 min can help minimizing current perceived limitations of electric vehicles, especially considering the unbalanced and incomprehensive distribution of charging options combined with a long perceived charging time. Positioned on optimal location from user and business perspective, the technology is assumed to help increasing the usage of an electric vehicle (EV). Considering the user perspectives, current and potential EV users were interviewed in two different surveys about optimal fast-charging locations depending on travel purposes and relevant location criteria. The obtained results show that customers prefer to rather charge at origins and destinations than during the trip. For longer distances, charging locations on axes with attractive points of interest are also considered as optimal. From the business model point of view, fast-charging stations at destinations are controversial. The expensive infrastructure and the therefore needed large number of charging sessions are in conflict with the comparatively time consuming stay. View Full-Text
Keywords: fast charge; infrastructure; electric vehicle; user behavior; business model fast charge; infrastructure; electric vehicle; user behavior; business model
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Krause, J.; Ladwig, S.; Saupp, L.M.; Horn, D.; Schmidt, A.; Schwalm, M. Perceived Usage Potential of Fast-Charging Locations. World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9, 14.

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