DETROIT – Walking into the North American International Auto Show for the first time since January 2019, you can’t help but notice that the auto industry has come a long way since the last auto show in Detroit. Specifically on the development of electric vehicles.
After getting a look at some of the electric vehicles on the auto show floor, I came across a display area called Autel. It looked clean and futuristic. Perhaps a glimpse of what’s to come in the coming decades. I stopped to talk to some of the experts on the floor to learn more about what Autel is.
Autel stands for automotive intelligence. The company has been making automotive diagnostic tools for the past 18 years.
On display, they had home chargers and commercial ones. The home chargers were much smaller and take longer to charge your car. About 6 hours overnight can get you a full charge and they start out at around $500. These would likely be placed in your garage.
The commercial ones are being marketed to places like grocery stores, gas stations, car dealerships and apartment complexes. On display, they had a small prototype of what parking lots could look like at these facilities.
The commercial chargers start at around $30,000 and will get you around 60 kilowatts. But commercial places will likely want to purchase ones that have around 240 kilowatts, which can fully charge an electric vehicle in about 30 mins. This way people can park their cars, plug in, grab a few groceries or snacks and then be on their way with a full charge. Those cost about $67,000.
If you’re headed to the Detroit Auto Show, I recommend checking out the Autel display. A pretty cool glimpse of what our future could look like!
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