Imagine the following scenario: the family is going to a theme park and you have already travelled 3-4 hours to get there. The day flies by on adrenaline pumping rides, roller coasters and huge amounts of candy floss. You get back to the car, the kids are tired and full of sugar, you´ve clocked up 25 000 steps, and you realise that the first thing you need to do on your way home is find a charger. What you would give at that moment for a fully charged battery!
– Charging points should not be the excuse for not buying an EV. Our goal is to eliminate range anxiety once and for all, by ensuring there are sufficient chargers at the most popular destinations, says Robert Svendsen, CEO at Wattif EV.
En route to net zero
Wattif EV is focusing on destination charging: providing hassle-free access to charging infrastructure everywhere. By entering into partnership with car park owners, the company wishes to accelerate the roll-out of chargers where they’re needed. A win-win-situation for everyone involved.
– Access to charging points plays a key role in whether someone switches to electric, and how quickly we can phase out the fossil-fueled car park. Rolling out a wide-reaching charging infrastructure means that more people will start to have more confidence and choose to go green, Svendsen says.
There are three different types of chargers, all with an important part to play. The home charger, which is your cheapest and most accessible option. The rapid or fast charger, which you use to get from A to B. And then there is the destination charger – your parking (and now charging) location; be it a car park, golf club, hotel or spa – available to use for the duration of your stay.
– All these chargers are important to cover the future needs of EV charging. We need to be able to charge at home, on the way to and at our final destination, Svendsen says.
Already 9 out of 10 new cars in Norway are electric, but the EU is lagging behind. In 2021, the EU announced its ‘Fit for 55’ package*, targeting a CO2 net reduction of 55% by 2030. By 2030, fossil-fueled cars will no longer be manufactured, meaning that Europe is predicted to need 2.9M public chargers.
– Today it is almost impossible to travel in Europe with an EV. Range anxiety will shadow the benefits of driving electric. Europe is yet to get off the blocks of the electric revolution – both in terms of sales and roll-out of infrastructure. The market will explode within a couple of years and Wattif EV will be there to help see it on its way, Svendsen says.