Fact or Fiction: Electric Vehicle Charging in 2022

The world is going electric. 

Governments around the world are mandating an end to petroleum-based vehicles, and the sprint towards an all-electric future is on. Sales of EVs are projected to top 10 million worldwide by 2025.

Now is a great time to go over what is fact versus fiction for electric vehicle charging.

Charging stations are hard to find.

Fiction

They are getting easier to find by the day. Blink has deployed over 30,000 charging ports across 18 countries in the Blink Network. You can find our charging stations at:

  • parking facilities, 
  • multifamily residences and condos, 
  • workplaces, 
  • health care & medical facilities, 
  • schools & universities, 
  • airports, 
  • auto dealers, 
  • hotels, 
  • mixed-use municipal locations, 
  • parks and recreation areas, 
  • religious institutions, 
  • restaurants, 
  • retail stores, 
  • stadiums, 
  • supermarkets, and 
  • transportation hubs.

Best of all, if you want to host a Blink charging station, you can request one directly from us. 

The Blink Network doesn’t just cover commercial areas. We also provide home charging stations. Earlier this year, we launched seven new charging solutions, including our HQ 200 Basic and Smart charging ports for residential charging

With an output of up to 50 amps, the HQ 200 can connect to your wi-fi, and communicate with all your talkative home smart devices like Alexa, Google Home, or Siri. Accessible through the Blink Mobile App, you can control the HQ 200 from anywhere, so go ahead and schedule your charging hours to take full advantage of off-peak electricity rates!

If I want to go electric, I can now get an awesome truck or a sports car.

Fact

Ford has released the all electric F-150 Lightning for those of you who need a workhorse of a vehicle and the Mustang Mach-E for anyone who wants to burn some rubber without burning petrol in the process. 

Ford put the F-150 Lightning through all the endurance tests that its gas-powered trucks go through, and the Lightning is guaranteed to be as tough as anything chugging gasoline. And, it can do things a gas vehicle can’t, like power your entire house for days in case of an emergency!

Meanwhile, the Mach-E goes from 0-60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds and has an estimated range of 314 miles. 

Ford is just one company coming out with a vast array of new EVs for those who crave something different. 

EV batteries are just as bad for the environment as gasoline.

Fiction

While it’s true that current lithium-ion batteries use some rare earth materials, and there are questions about the ethics of how they’re mined, the environmental impact is still far less than it is for oil and gas. 

And, on top of that, battery technology is constantly evolving. Nissan and NASA have partnered up to try and figure out how to build a solid state battery that does not contain any expensive rare earth materials like cobalt and nickel.

This will make batteries cheaper, which will, in turn, make EVs more affordable, too! 

Solid-state EV batteries are still a few years away, but with a major carmaker and NASA involved, we’re confident that we’ll see solid-state batteries sooner rather than later. 

The future of EV charging is looking bright! 

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