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The global effort to reduce emissions has seen the electric vehicle (EV) market dramatically accelerate in recent years, highlighting the need for a robust electric charging infrastructure as a key component for long-term EV viability and consumer convenience. In addition to an increase in the number of charging stations, the safe fast-charging capability of the systems is essential to broad adoption. Today, there are multiple levels of charging – from normal to ultra-fast – that range in power levels from the residential 110V up to the commercial 800V and higher. Development and wide deployment of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure and technology will be driven by reducing manufacturing costs while simultaneously raising the reliability and durability of the equipment.

Meeting market needs with convenient, fast charging in a safe and sustainable way is the challenge that Henkel thermal and protective materials are helping designers achieve. Henkel thermal management materials effectively dissipate heat from high voltage, high power density EV charging systems while gasketingpotting, and conformal coating solutions protect high-value electronics even in unpredictable outdoor environments.

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The Future of EV Charging Infrastructure

Energy efficiency and distributed energy resources are two major challenges when it comes to the future of EV charging infrastructure. Electricity consumption is expected to increase as more people begin owning electric cars, and there are concerns about overloading electrical grids when people plug in their cars at home during peak load hours. Additionally, home charging stations that use alternate current (AC) charging often take a much longer to fully charge a vehicle compared to commercial charging stations that use Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC). 

To avoid and prevent bottlenecks or overloading at peak load times, there is increased demand for large, ultra-rapid EV charging stations where people can go to charge their electric vehicles. 

If EV charging infrastructure forecasts are correct, it is estimated that the global EV charging station market will grow by more than 30% by 2030. This is mainly based on the potential market for commercial EV fleets. However, the biggest challenges that could hold fleet operators back from using EVs is long charging times and lack of access to charging stations.

Reducing EV Charging Infrastructure Costs

One of the largest factors as to why there are only limited numbers of EV charging stations is due to the high cost of manufacturing and installing EV stations. This is especially the case with DC fast charging stations. Therefore, reducing EV charging infrastructure costs is essential to enable to better accessibility. Henkel’s innovative portfolio of materials is designed to enable cost-efficient savings and reliable and long-lasting protection to improve the future of EV charging infrastructure. 

With thermal management materialsgasketingpotting, and conformal coating, Henkel’s material solutions offer excellent environmental protection against dust, moisture, and other environmental factors while providing additional toughness and durability.

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