Palo Alto – California – A new survey in Southern California found that fast charging is key to acceptance of electric vehicles (EV), with potential buyers willing to pay a premium in order to “fuel up” their electric cars faster.

The report, from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), found that 95 per cent of those surveyed said they would prefer to charge their electric vehicles at home. A three-prong, 120-volt outlet that fulfills the basic requirement for home charging and is close to the vehicle’s parking area was available in 62 per cent of homes. For 240-volt charging, 83 per cent had the service but required an additional outlet closer to the vehicle.

Two out of every five current hybrid owners, and one in three non-hybrid owners, said that a public fact-charging ability of 10 to 15 minutes may have a strong influence on EV adoption. About 75 per cent would pay a premium of 33 per cent to have that type of fast charging, while 30 per cent would pay double the rate of slow charging.

“We envision that the survey results can be used by utilities and other entities to show clearly customer preferences as they relate to electric-drive vehicles,” said Arshad Mansoor, vice-president of power delivery and utilization at EPRI. “The decision to buy an electric vehicle is personal, but will be influenced by public factors such as cost, convenience and the overall performance of the vehicles and the infrastructure we build to serve them.”

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