Charging Becomes An Ordeal For Electric Car Makers

Dec 01, 2016 05:30 AM EST | Portia Mae M. Cansancio

Tesla Offers Charging Stations On German Highways

Tesla offering charging stations on German highways.
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Electric cars have promised a fair share of advantages to consumers worldwide, including being eco-friendy and being the most preferred choice of transportation. However, financial crisis became inevitable for some automobile companies --- leaving Tesla, an American auto maker and energy storage company, as the only vital player in the electric car game.

Automakers have produced and continually designed cars, which are meant to solve dilemmas and improve the specs of previous car models that costing automakers billions in loss --- hoping and thinking it would finally become a demand over time.

But while automakers are mostly concerned with designing and creating electronic vehicles that can travel for more than 200 miles on a charge, one issue is still yet to be realized: the electric cars' charging times.

Thus, Tesla has created the Supercharger --- a fast-charging network, which can restore the electronic vehicle's full power. All Tesla owners can access it for free, but it has been recently announced that new Tesla owners will start paying for it. This would be necessary, so the network will only be used by drivers who need longer travel time and will not serve as an alternative for others since home charging is slower.

The company is aware that it will be expensive to build such networks, but accepts that it is a part of future developments. Though added costs can be horrifying, this isn't new for them. They have faced numerous challenges for years, which even cost them greater expenses. Thus, automakers establish partnerships to push through these kinds of ordeal.

On a brighter note, Tesla's electric vehicles are better than old automobiles when it comes to efficiency --- no emissions, cost-effective, low maintenance, and reduced noise pollution, according to Conserve Energy Future.

These problems prove to be more alarming than before. But for automakers who already have started with EV production, it is still risky; worst case scenario, they'll be stuck with automobiles not getting purchased and charging stations not getting used.

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