Addressing Transformer Shortages: Paving The Way for Swift EV Charging Infrastructure Deployment

In the dynamic landscape of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, transformers emerge as the unsung heroes, facilitating the seamless transfer of power from utility grids to electric vehicles. Yet, despite their crucial role, the industry faces a pressing challenge: the scarcity of transformers and the resulting long lead times that have now become standard in our industry. In this article, we explore the importance of transformers in EV charging infrastructure, shed light on the issue of transformer shortages, and discuss innovative solutions to expedite deployment.


Transformers serve as the backbone of EV charging infrastructure, bridging the gap between utility grids and charging stations. These essential components are responsible for stepping down the high voltage from utility lines to levels suitable for charging electric vehicles, ensuring safe and efficient power transfer.


Without transformers, the electrification of transportation would be virtually impossible. These silent powerhouses enable the widespread deployment of charging stations, empowering communities to embrace electric vehicles as a cleaner, more sustainable mode of transportation.


EV Charging Transformer Shortages


However, despite their importance, the industry grapples with a critical issue: the shortage of transformers and the resulting long lead times. Factors such as supply chain issues, increased demand, and new construction projects have outpaced manufacturing capacity, leading to delays in transformer procurement. Transformer lead times have been increasing for the last two years – from 115 weeks in 2021 to an average of 130 weeks in 2023. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, distribution transformer installation will need to triple by 2050 to meet both existing and new demand.


This shortage poses a significant obstacle to the rapid deployment of EV charging infrastructure, hindering progress towards a sustainable transportation future. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Department of Energy (DOE) has taken proactive steps to address transformer shortages. Through an $18 million funding opportunity, the DOE is supporting the development, testing, and piloting of new “flexible innovative transformer technologies.”


These advanced transformer designs aim to alleviate long lead times and enhance grid resilience by providing more flexible and adaptable grid components. By investing in research and development, the DOE seeks to expedite the deployment of transformers and mitigate supply chain challenges facing the utility sector.


Thinking Differently


In response to the industry’s pressing needs, AK Power Solutions steps up to the challenge. Committed to addressing the challenges posed by transformer shortages and long lead times, our revolutionary E2V Integrated Power Module (IPM) offers a transformative solution. By consolidating essential components into a singular unit, E2V streamlines installation and reduces deployment time.


With our industry-leading short lead times of between 24 to 32 weeks, AK Power Solutions is poised to revolutionize the EV charging infrastructure landscape. By leveraging innovative technology and strategic partnerships, we empower businesses to accelerate the deployment of charging stations and pave the way for a cleaner, greener future.


Paving The Way


Transformers play a pivotal role in powering EV charging infrastructure, enabling the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and driving us towards a sustainable transportation future. However, the industry faces significant challenges due to transformer shortages and long lead times.


Through proactive measures and innovative solutions, such as those championed by AK Power Solutions and supported by initiatives like the DOE’s funding opportunity, we can address these challenges and expedite the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. By working together to overcome obstacles and embrace innovative technologies, we can unlock the full potential of electric vehicles and build a cleaner, greener world for generations to come.


To learn more about E2V and our 24-week lead time, reach out today at Together we can successfully navigate the challenges of EV infrastructure deployment.