The growing need for accessible charging stations rose when people around the world started validating electric energy as an efficient and environment-friendly substitute for fossil fuels. Charging stations vary in strength and speed. Some stations support higher voltages and currents than others. Over the past five years, they have become widely abundant around shopping malls and corporate buildings. They are mostly operated by privately held companies.
Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary energy movement.
Statistica revealed the revenues of solar energy in the U.S. between 2007 and 2017; The industry has impressively grown from achieving a humble $42.8 million in 2007 to $150.1 million in 2012 and is expected to mark a staggering revenue of $210.4 million this year.
Electric charging stations have proven they can unleash a new revenue stream for diverse companies and have imposed themselves on the rapidly changing market. Even popular mobile application such as Google Maps feature a definitive list of EV charging stations, available at a single finger tap.
As part of the booming stream, electric vehicle charging companies and networks begun assisting hospitality and business companies by connecting them to station buyers and accessing large communities of EV drivers. EV charging companies provide technical and marketing support led by experts in the field who help companies to set pricings and customize control rules for advertisements. Companies such as ChargePoint has more than 33,900 total charging spots and more than 495 Express DC fast locations, with drivers plugging into a ChargePoint station approximately every 3.0 seconds.
Many hotels have gotten on the wagon of technology, Marriott hotels now have more than 275 electric vehicle charging stations. Allowing their guests to use their ‘’level 2’’ charging stations. There are three different types of chargers: AC Level 1 (slow), AC Level 2 (medium) and DC fast charging (fast).
Another hotel in California, Ramada Silicon Valley, has added a rooftop solar project and three electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in an effort to become more sustainable. “We are proud to be able to help slow down the effects of global warming and make a contribution toward achieving the climate action initiatives of the City of Sunnyvale,” said President and co-owner of Ramada Silicon Valley, Jeffry Chang.
Many reputable companies in Retail & Hospitality has become one of the ecological movement members such as Hyatt, Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Target and McDonald’s.
According to the International Energy Agency, as of December 2012, around 50,000 non-residential charging points were deployed in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. However, according to GTM Research’s new Global Solar Demand Monitor: Q1 2017 report, this year, the concentration of solar demand has risen dramatically and is expected to reach 73 percent in the world’s largest markets, China, US, India, and Japan, with a global consumption of 85.4 gigawatts (GW) compared to just over 78 GW in 2016. This concentration is the result of new solar installations in China, twice India’s market.
The Middle East, too, has become part of the positive change, according to The National, a popular Emirati newspaper, ‘’Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) Distribution plans to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the emirate to 20 to meet the anticipated rise in petrol-alternative cars. Abu Dhabi currently has 12 EV charging stations.’’ The oil company is planning to extend to new seven stations: the Al Mushrif, Rabdan, Khalifa City-South, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Souk Al Batten, Samha-1, and Samha-2.
The UAE has at least 85 charging stations to date.
Tesla’s Chargers in UAE (Courtesy of Tesla)
On the other hand, one of Dubai’s biggest shopping malls has installed nine electric car charging stations, following an official launch of Tesla earlier. The Tesla charging stations in Fashion Dome Valet Parking provides up to 100km of range per one hour charge. “Majid Al Futtaim is proud to offer the first generation of Tesla drivers Dubai’s largest cluster of charging stations at its central and conveniently located flagship mall: Mall of the Emirates.” said Managing director East Region – Property Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim, Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, to The National.