Imagine how frustrating it would be if every petrol company used a different type of fuel pump system, requiring you to only be able to stop at one type of filling station or sign up to multiple different accounts.
It would make the simple act of refuelling a combustion-engined car much more complicated - but it’s a situation that will be familiar to electric car drivers who use public charging stations. Keeping an EV charged on the go can require carrying multiple cables and signing up to a host of different providers.
It’s incredibly irritating, and - as we’ve found on numerous occasions - can really damage the experience of driving the latest breed of incredible EVs.
So it probably didn’t take a taskforce gathering input from more than 350 related companies and bodies to highlight the fact that something needs to change in order to help drive the mass adoption of EVs. You could simply have asked a handful of EV owners.
But the calls for ‘interoperability’ made by the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce should be welcomed nonetheless, simply because it highlights a simple, easy way of making recharging an EV easier.
Imagine how much easier it would be if you could sign up to one service and plug in at any public charging point - no matter which company runs it, how fast it is or where it is in the UK or, potentially, Europe.