Benchmark 2017: from Cost reduction to a professional market9 October 2017
Maturity model for public EV charging
NKL, the independent knowledge platform for EV charging infrastructure, presents the results of the 2017 costing benchmark study. The cost of public EV charging infrastructure is this year continuing to decline by approximately 35% since 2013. Together with governments, knowledge institutions and market actors, the NKL’s assessment is that in 2017 the focus will shift from cost reduction to market professionalisation. To enable the market to develop further, the NKL is introducing the public EV charging market maturity model.
Trend in cost reduction continues towards 40%
The trend in cost reduction observed in 2016 has continued in 2017. Non-recurring costs fell by almost 35% in the period from 2013 (baseline year) to 2017. This trend, which includes increased power consumption (kWh) per charging station per day, is expected to continue until 2020. On this basis the benchmark study predicts a drop in one-off and periodic costs in 2020 of up to 40% – further bolstering the business case for public charging.
2016 benchmark study recommendations support 2017 cost reductions
Currently, the central focus is on how we can together achieve a sustainable mature market for the public EV charging infrastructure and on what challenges we will encounter in the coming years. Evaluation of the 2016 benchmark study recommendations reveals that broad progress has been made. Several NKL projects have made knowledge publicly available and this has contributed to the cost reductions achieved thus far – examples include the basic charge point agreements and the national portal for public charge point requests.
From cost reduction to a professional market
A critical area of attention in recent years has been cost reduction, with the result that tenders are already being made that no longer involve subsidy. The priority is now shifting to professionalisation of the young charging infrastructure market to develop it into a healthy and efficient market.
NKL maturity model for public EV charging
Within the framework of the 2017 benchmark study NKL is introducing the maturity model for public EV charging. This model will enable the assessment of the market from multiple perspectives – actual levels and projected levels for 2020 are charted for nine distinct dimensions. Besides cost reduction, the model focuses on the end-user, available expertise, and processes from application to management. The model makes it possible to determine maturity at both individual and market level. Governments and market actors can use the model to determine the specific dimensions to which they should devote their energies in the coming years. Two key areas for development are: professionalisation of the design of application and management processes; and improved customer focus. Concerns exist regarding the lack of available expertise (human capital) in this rapidly growing sector. An additional area for attention is the impact of impending growth on the technology and the charging infrastructure.
The maturity model is detailed in the figure and table on the following pages. Market actors, Knowledge institutions and governments can use it determine their own status and aims in order to align and set objectives.
NKL 2017 benchmark study partners
Central government, municipalities, market actors, knowledge institutions, energy suppliers, grid operators and provincial authorities.
Information and contact
Article: Summary Benchmark 2017 - press release
NKL 2017 benchmark study (in Dutch): Van kostenreductie naar een professionele markt
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