Electric vehicle charging remains one of the major barriers to EV adoption among drivers. While you can refill your internal combustion engine (ICE) car in only a couple of minutes and then be on your way, electric vehicles take a while to recharge. If you don’t have access to a supercharger capable of filling up your car in under 30 minutes, you may have to wait from 45 minutes to more than an hour to fully recharge your EV.
Convincing more people to ditch their old ICE cars for zero-emission electric cars will require innovations in EV charging that would make EVs as convenient to use as conventional gas-powered cars. California, which is home to the largest EV market in America, recently entered into a partnership with the Netherlands that would see experts from both regions collaborate to work on improving EV charging and ensuring better regulation of the sector.
Secretary for Environmental Protection of California Yana Garcia Gonzalez and Dutch environment minister Vivianne Heijnen signed the agreement in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. Minister Heinjen said that although electric vehicles and good charging stations are a package deal, the world still has a ways to go when it comes to electric vehicle charging technology.
She noted that California and the Netherlands have had major progress in electric vehicle charging and had a lot of expertise to share, stating that partnering up would help them move faster toward smarter, easier and safer charging that is convenient for EV drivers and also benefits the environment. Heinjen added that since there were plenty of Dutch companies with considerable knowledge on the topic, the partnership also presented a significant economic opportunity for the country.
Kounalakis said that the state has gone all-in on climate action, working with different countries around the world as it focuses on transitioning to zero-emission cars and cutting environmental pollution from transportation. For the state to achieve its electrification and carbon-emission goals, it will have to make electric vehicles a lot more attractive and convenient to the average consumer. This partnership with the Netherlands could help it achieve these objectives.
Both regions are home to large testing facilities that develop and test novel technologies for smart charging, fast charging and cybersecurity. This new partnership will allow experts from the California Energy Commission and ElaadNL to combine their knowledge and experience and run tests together. The first meeting between experts from the Netherlands and California is slated for next spring.
It remains to be seen how this collaboration between California and the Netherlands will benefit California-based EV makers such as Mullen Automotive Inc. (NASDAQ: MULN); potential benefits could include reducing the cost of cutting-edge technology so that electric vehicle adoption happens much faster.
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