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BMW board member Herbert Diess has made a claim that has shocked many in the automobile industry. “Public infrastructure is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home,” said Diess.

The board member said he came to his conclusion following a year of driving a BMW i3 city EV during which he never “touched public charging.”

The belief that a public charging network is not a key to the public adopting electric vehicles flies in the face of what many others say must happen. Case in point, “Financial Viability of Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations,” a 2012 UCLA study, said:

“Adoption by consumers will largely be a function of the electric vehicle charging options available. Studies show that most EV charging currently takes place in the home (Carr 2010). Even so, in order for EVs to gain widespread consumer adoption, it is critical for an infrastructure of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSEs) to exist outside the home.”

Of course, it is too early to know which theory is correct. Odds are that the answer will not be a one-size, fits-all solution. Perhaps in the sprawls of a place like Los Angeles, public charging stations will be needed, while in the clustered population centers of Europe, they’re not needed.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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