Charging Station – Fuel Station of the Future


The energy needs of the world continue to multiply, but are gradually replenishing our organic fuel reserves, such as oil and gas. The increased use of organic fuels has led to the emergence of serious environmental issues, making the need to use alternative sources of fuel imperative.

Along with higher usage of fuels such as gasoline for transportation, there has been a concomitant increase in prices. This has led to greater interest alternatives to such fuels; one such alternative being the electric mode of transportation.Electric vehicles or hybrids are transportation of the future. These vehicles run on electricity rather than by burning of organic fuels. What makes electricity particularly attractive is that it is generated through renewable sources of energy such as wind power and solar power.

Charging Station and Infrastructure

A charging station is like a common gas station, except that rather than gasoline it provides users with a charging point to charge their vehicles. A charging station is just like a gasoline pump, the only difference being that instead of gas,it provides electricity.

A charging infrastructure is an infrastructure that includes all elements related to Electric Vehicle charging. These elements include wind turbines and solar panels (input), power generation (process), and charging station (output). The infrastructure is laid out in such a way that enough energy is readily available for all the users.

The charging stations provide higher voltage than household power supply, enabling a faster charging process. Special parking lots are being built hat have special inductive mats, allowing wireless charging of vehicles. Moves are also afoot to provide roads with special lanes for charging vehicles without the need for them to stop.

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Global Momentum

All around the globe, the necessity of having an alternative fuel source for transportation needs has been widely recognized. An agreement has been signed among a number of countries through International Energy Agency for deployment of suitable charging infrastructures. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The private sector is heavily investing in such projects that have become the trademark of development. As more and more models of plug-in vehicles are introduced, this business holds the prospect of becoming one of the most commercially viable in the not too distant a future.

 

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