Charging infrastructure as main criterion
Current surveys and studies such as those by Forsa and the Zukunftsinstitut² [Future Institute] show that, for up to 90 percent of those surveyed, a well-developed charging infrastructure represents a major prerequisite for the transition to an electric car. After this come criteria such as range and costs. The comprehensive expansion of this infrastructure—and therefore the establishment of charging options for public, commercial and private places—should thus be top priority in the industry, academia and politics, and not only in Germany, but worldwide. This works better in some countries than others. However, the fact is that an efficient charging infrastructure will have a major influence on the development and market success of e-mobility.
Infrastructure expansion comprises a broad field that results in development potential and task fields for various companies and services. And this begins much earlier than for the electric car seen on the road—because, of course, it has to make it there first, and it also has to be supplied with electricity. The philosophy here revolves around thinking ahead and generating momentum.“ For instance, the stresses on plugs or charging cables for electric cars are considerably higher than is generally assumed,” cited Julian Haspel, head of the e-Powertrain team at the LANXESS High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. High-performance plastics from LANXESS are therefore also used in manufacturing plugs, switches and cable coating for charging stations and housings for wall-mounted charging stations. “The specific material properties of Durethan® and Pocan® with respect to temperature behavior, dimensional stability, warpage, stiffness and load capacity provide manufacturers with every opportunity to develop and produce innovative products,” explained Haspel. The same applies to the exciting field of “inductive charging.”