Inside EV Charging Behavior: Why Most Drivers Prefer DC Fast Chargers for Road Trips, Survey
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Inside EV Charging Behavior: Why Most Drivers Prefer DC Fast Chargers for Road Trips, Survey

Inside EV Charging Behavior Why Most Drivers Prefer DC Fast Chargers for Road Trips Survey - FLO Ultra Charger
  • According to FLO’s survey on EV charging behavior, 60% of EV drivers depend on DC fast chargers for extended trips.
  • Contrary to belief, 51% of EV drivers engage in activities while charging, with 60% opting to eat or buy refreshments and 19% shopping nearby.
  • With 29% of surveyed EV owners lacking home charging, there’s a clear need for reliable public infrastructure.

Understanding how people charge their electric vehicles is crucial for ensuring smooth road trips and encouraging more people to adopt electric vehicles. FLO, a leading North American EV charging network operator, conducted a survey revealing EV charging behaviors and preferences. This survey provides valuable insights, highlighting the vital role of infrastructure in shaping EV drivers’ experiences.


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The survey, drawing responses from nearly 40,000 EV drivers across the United States and Canada, reveals compelling trends in EV charging behavior. Among the key findings, the survey highlights the indispensable role of DC fast (Level 3) chargers for extended trips. A staggering 60% of respondents rely on DC fast chargers for extended or multi-city journeys, spotlighting the necessity of fast, efficient charging solutions for smooth travel experiences.

Inside EV Charging Behavior Why Most Drivers Prefer DC Fast Chargers for Road Trips Survey - FLO Ultra Chargers

Louis Tremblay, President and CEO of FLO, stresses the significance of these findings, stating, “FLO’s survey demonstrates the need for more robust charging solutions across North America, enabling drivers to plug in wherever they are—at work, home, or on the go.”

Contrary to common perception, charging time is not idle time for EV drivers. According to the survey, a significant portion of EV drivers actively engage with on-site amenities while their vehicles are charging at fast chargers. Approximately 51% of respondents reported participating in various activities, with 60% opting to eat or buy refreshments and 19% utilizing nearby retail stores for shopping. This data reinforces the importance of understanding EV charging behavior and integrating charging stations into locations with amenities, enhancing the overall charging experience for EV drivers.


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Additionally, the survey shows the urgent need for dependable public charging stations. Since 29% of respondents don’t have a charging point at home, the demand for accessible public charging options is clear. This emphasizes the importance of expanding and improving public charging networks to support the increasing number of EV drivers.

In addressing the diverse charging needs of EV drivers, the survey highlights the necessity of a comprehensive network that offers both quick top-ups and longer-stay charging solutions. The data reveals a varied use of charging station types, with 35% primarily utilizing Level 2 stations, 27% relying on DC fast charging stations, and 31% utilizing a mix of both. This diversity emphasizes the importance of flexibility and accessibility in EV charging infrastructure.

Inside EV Charging Behavior Why Most Drivers Prefer DC Fast Chargers for Road Trips Survey - FLO Ultra Charger Station

Highlighting the future of charging technology and understanding EV charging behavior, FLO introduces the innovative FLO Ultra charger as part of its charging network expansion. The FLO Ultra charger, with up to 320 kW of power, can charge most new EVs to 80% in just 15 minutes. Designed with drivers in mind and known for its reliability and ease of use, the FLO Ultra charger is perfect for places like restaurants and rest stops, making the charging process better for EV drivers.


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RANDI BENTIA

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