Victor Sanchis Valero, industrial engineer and CEO of WallboxOK

“Market penetration of the electric car will depend on the manufacturers offering attractive prices and sufficient autonomy”

WallboxOK is dedicated to the design, manufacture and sale of charging solutions for electric vehicles. How important will electric cars be in Spain in the coming years?

 

The interest shown by society in electric cars is increasing and the European Union is already formulating laws that claim to defend sustainable mobility. Governments are taking positions, creating policies and plans to improve environmental quality; some could even ban petrol and diesel cars in the coming years.

 

Undoubtedly, electric cars are the present and future of mobility, both in Spain and in the rest of the world. They will solve many of the environmental problems suffered by large cities, but we must be aware that there are still some technological hurdles to overcome before they make up the majority of our vehicles.

 

Their penetration in the market will depend on the ability of manufacturers to offer users electric cars at attractive prices for buyers and with sufficient autonomy for their daily needs.

 

What role will the efficiency of charging points play in the development of this type of vehicle?

 

The concept of refuelling changes significantly when electric cars are compared to those based on combustion. When we talk about electric cars, we need to have what is called linked charge. A very low-cost slow charge that is normally carried out at home or our place of work and that can take between 4 and 8 hours. It may represent a total of 90% of charges.

 

Charging on public roads is intended for trips or to cover occasional needs at certain times of the day. Having a public charging infrastructure is fundamental for the development of the electric vehicle. It should not, however, become a factor which prevents a large part of the population from acquiring an electric car due to them having a recharging point in their homes.

 

What other challenges lie ahead for electric vehicles and recharging points?

 

There are significant challenges, such as, for example, developing greater battery capacity and reducing costs in the manufacture of electric cars. In terms of infrastructure, we need recharging solutions that allow bi-directionality and the use of renewable energies in order to close the circle of sustainability.