Distributive policy

Taiwan needs more political support for charging infrastructure

Last year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) launched a project to build public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations; the Bureau of Standards has also approved the use of the Combined Pricing System (CCS) type 1+N. But overall, the Taiwanese government is still slow to switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.

Power grid instability

ETreego general manager Chien Chin-pin said Taiwan’s biggest problem is the instability of the power grid. What Taiwanese perceive as “electricity shortages” are actually the result of unstable power supply and power grid during peak hours. Since Taiwan uses both nuclear and renewable energy and burns coal, the total power capacity should be more than enough, Chien said.

In addition to power grid instability, there is an upper limit for contracted power capacity for each type of space. For example, when an EV owner wishes to install a charging station in his home, the equipment will need to be independent of the building’s power supply, so that he does not occupy the shared power supply by charging his car at home. the House. Chien said power distribution under such restrictions should be better coordinated and managed – which remains a big challenge for charging solution providers.

Specifications to be standardized

According to data provided by ChargeSmith, a charging solution provider in Taiwan, Taiwan has 552 fast chargers and more than 3,100 public AC chargers at the end of 2021, all of which consist of four different types of chargers. In addition to Type 1 CCS, which is more generally recognized by the vendor alliance, there is also Type 2 CCS, CHAdeMO, and Tesla’s TPC.

However, starting in the third quarter of 2021, Tesla changed its charger type from TPC to CCS-2, Chien said. He thinks the market will find a way to weed out some types of chargers and the other types will survive. Like smartphone chargers, there are still many types of chargers on the market. Phihong Technology added that the standardization and unification of charger specifications will help speed up the process of switching to electric vehicles.

ChargeSmith CEO Chen Ching-yu said broader and more detailed laws and policies were needed to avoid additional costs and attract more electric vehicle buyers.

Small market size

There are three types of players in the charging solutions segment. One is that of the equipment manufacturers, the other that of the operators and the last that of the space owners. OEMs generally earn more benefits than others, such as Delta Electronics, Pegatron – both of which have received orders from Tesla and BMW. Notable companies include KS Terminals, which also supplies Tesla, and Phihong, whose 360kW fast chargers are widely adopted by international customers.

Allan Lin, general manager of Phihong Technology, pointed out that new electric vehicles have more power, are becoming more affordable and can be charged faster. Most Taiwanese suppliers have worked with large customers from the United States and Europe, as Taiwan’s electric vehicle market is relatively small. Without proper government support, Taiwanese suppliers tend to seek out overseas customers and view Taiwan as a testing ground.

Chien at eTreego said he sees potential in the development of smart street lights with 5G, smart scooters and smart buses in Taiwan. The number of electric vehicles will increase exponentially within five to ten years, so in the short to medium term, Taiwan is still worth investing in.

Compiled by DIGTIMES

Compiled by DIGTIMES

Compiled by DIGTIMES