WSJ Report Highlights Challenges in Non-Tesla EV Charging Infrastructure in Los Angeles

A recent examination of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Los Angeles by the Wall Street Journal has revealed significant issues that could hinder EV adoption. The investigation involved testing more than 100 non-Tesla DC fast charging stalls and identified three primary problems: a high rate of out-of-service equipment, payment system malfunctions, and connection issues between chargers and vehicles. Despite these challenges, there is hope for improvement with ongoing upgrades and federal funding aimed at enhancing the charging network.

  • Los Angeles County has the highest number of DC fast chargers in the US.
  • Out of 126 charging stalls tested, 27% were out of order.
  • Nearly 10% of the charging stalls had payment system issues.
  • Connection issues, often referred to as ‘handshake’ problems, were frequently encountered during the testing process.
  • ChargerHelp, an LA-based company, is working on fixing these chargers, though not all repairs are simple.
  • Compatibility of chargers with various types of EVs adds to the complexity of the problems.
  • Tesla plans to open its charging network to other EVs starting in 2024, which may alleviate some issues.
  • Newer charging stations with updated technology show promise for a more reliable charging experience.
  • The Biden administration has allocated significant funding for the repair and expansion of the EV charging infrastructure.
  • EV users are advised to charge at home or use a charger’s mobile app instead of credit cards to avoid some of these issues.

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