Electric vehicles are now a serious part of the road fleet. What is their role in combating environmental problems?
Electric vehicle charging networks
The problem of autonomy and recharging of zero-emission vehicles is central to the success of the revolution in motorised transport. This requires largescale planning and investment, both of which can be well-served by commitment by the car and petrol distribution companies. Is there a market motivation for them?
The unexpected trend towards electromobility, and its eventual dominance of the vehicle market, has been confirmed by leading oil industry companies themselves, who foresee as a consequence a possible peak in oil demand around the year 2020. Oil company forecasts predict the number of electric cars worldwide could rise from the 1.2 million in 2015 to 100 million by 2035.
Oil producers and distributors, such as BP (SEO Bob Dudley), is seeking cooperation opportunities with electric vehicle manufacturers to find solutions to the issue of charging stations for electric cars at its petrol stations in the future. Discussions between oil companies and electric car manufacturers are exploring options of bundling oil tank station networks with charging demands.
Oil companies and gas station operators see the principal problem being the long charging times, requiring large areas for static vehicles at petrol stations, which make electrical vehicles still uncompetitive with fossil fuel.