Dedicated bays vs undedicated baysBy Oli Freeling-Wilkinson
As the world accelerates towards a cleaner, greener future, electric vehicles (EVs) are taking centre stage in the race to reduce emissions and combat climate change. Transitioning to EVs is no longer an option but a necessity. To ensure this transition is as smooth as possible, dedicated EV charging bays play a crucial role. Let's delve into the significance of dedicated bays and why they are a game-changer in the EV charging landscape.
The need for certainty and convenience
Imagine being an EV owner, living in a neighbourhood without dedicated EV charging bays. The daily struggle to find an available charging spot can be frustrating. With the increasing popularity of EVs, competition for charging spaces is fierce, and convenience becomes a luxury.
In the quest to motivate more residents to make the switch to EVs, two essential factors come into play: certainty and convenience. The absence of dedicated bays on residential streets can seriously hinder these objectives. As EV charging networks expand, providing dedicated bays ensures EV owners can access charging with confidence.
Dedicated EV bays offer EV drivers a sense of certainty and convenience. They provide the peace of mind that a charging bay will be available when needed. Anything less than dedicated bays turns the charging experience into a lottery, forcing EV drivers to cruise around in search of an available space or interrupt their activities to find an unmarked bay following an alert.
The myth of dedicated bays' divisiveness
Now, one might ask if dedicated bays are divisive. The answer lies in the implementation. If a chargepoint operator (CPO) installs too many dedicated EV bays, resulting in underutilisation, it can lead to frustration among internal combustion engine (ICE) drivers. The key is balance - deploying charging infrastructure and dedicated bays just ahead of demand. But, considering the urgency of the global climate crisis, facilitating the transition to EVs must be a top priority.
The urgency of reform
Just as in the planning process, the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process needs reform. Current regulations often allow a small minority of ICE drivers to object to the loss of parking spaces, creating unnecessary delays. This delay is not just inconvenient; it is detrimental in a world where every moment counts in combating climate change.
The transition to EVs is no longer a choice but a necessity in this climate emergency. To accelerate this transformation effectively, dedicated EV charging bays must become the standard. These bays offer the convenience and certainty needed to encourage more people to embrace EVs. It's time to embrace change, reform outdated processes and ensure a smoother and more efficient path towards sustainable and cleaner mobility. The choice is clear: dedicated bays are the way forward.