There aren't enough public EV chargers.
TRUE (but it's complicated)
Today, the vast majority of EV owners charge at home or at their workplace. As EV adoption progresses, however, and more people without access to at-home charging jump on the EV bandwagon, there will be a need for more public chargers—millions more, according to some estimates.
Canada’s public charging network is growing—by almost one-third last year, based on research by Electric Autonomy Canada, a Toronto-based online publication that reports on EVs and autonomous transportation. As of March, there were more than 20,000 charging ports in the country. The big question: Is public charging infrastructure growing fast enough to meet demand?
The European Union recommends one public charger per 10 EVs. To date, charging infrastructure in the EU has come close to reaching that target, with 0.9 chargers per 10 EVs. Canada still has some work to do to meet EU recommendations, with only 0.6 chargers per 10 EVs. A 2022 study commissioned by Natural Resources Canada found a need for “significant acceleration in charging infrastructure deployment over the next five to 10 years.” Tesla is an exception since it has its own extensive nationwide charging network.
“While commercial charging infrastructure is not where it needs to be, the reality is that 90 percent of most consumer travel happens within small ranges of distance—to work and home, to the grocery store, out on weekends and so on,” says Colin Fritz, director of automotive services at the Alberta Motor Association. The good news is that reducing range anxiety is fairly easy. A home charger costs between $800 and $1,600 (installation requires an electrician).