OPTICHARGER: advanced EV charging solutions with optical current monitoring

FuturENERGY December 2021-January 2022

OPTICHARGER: soluciones avanzadas de recarga eléctrica con monitorización óptica de corriente

Electric, connected and sustainable. This is the vision of the mobility of the future. And it will soon be here. In a context in which it is impossible to transition towards a decarbonised economy without taking action on transport, which in Spain consumes 42% of final energy, the mobility sector is inexorably advancing towards the electric vehicle.

According to BloombergNEF, global sales of electric vehicles (EV) increased from 450,000 units in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2019. Following a slight setback in 2020 caused by the pandemic, its upwards forecast continues (8.5 million in 2024, 26 million by 2030, etc.), as battery prices fall and energy density improves. Estimates point to over half of all passenger vehicles sold by 2040 being electric.

However, the mass deployment of the forecast e-mobility and its acceptance by users, is subject to the availability of a still insufficient charging infrastructure. AEDIVE, the Business Association for the Boosting and Development of the EV Market, estimates that the ratio of charging points per 100 km of road in Spain is 0.8%, well below other European countries such as Norway, the Netherlands and the UK.