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With EV sales booming in the US in recent years, cities need to keep pace and actively start planning their city’s EV infrastructure to ensure residents and businesses can electrify easily.
The number of electric vehicles on U.S. roads is expected to reach 18.7 million by 2030, up from 1 million at the end of 2018. States like California and Massachusetts have already committed to stop selling new ICE vehicles by 2035. and more are expected to follow. The automakers have taken the changes into account and are increasingly diversifying vehicle performance towards electricity. Cities of all sizes must prepare now.
“While the big cities get most of the press for their electrification initiatives, smaller cities can adapt faster and more future-proof in a fair and community-oriented way,” said Oliver Adrian, Head of Consulting at eMobility Hubject. “This ability to adapt quickly has real implications and is the real engine of national change.”
The task can seem daunting due to the number of factors to consider, e.g. B. Prioritizing measures, weighing a short-term and long-term perspective, identifying gaps in the EV infrastructure and ways where it can be used most effectively to ensure financial security, sustainability and the right stakeholders at the table.
However, the process doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, as pioneering cities demonstrate by working with experts who understand the charging landscape and are connected to key stakeholders.
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For example, Peachtree Corners in Georgia has already developed a comprehensive EV infrastructure strategy that was developed with Hubject.
The city recently opened a new EV fast charging station that can quickly charge up to 16 vehicles at the same time. The deployment is the first measure from the city’s new electrification plan.
Hubject’s analysis found that Peachtree Corners was essentially a “fast-charging desert for electric vehicles,” especially given the growing electric vehicle ownership in and around the city. The company analyzed the city’s residential, business, and retail layout, traffic patterns and electrical capacity to determine the ideal location for the charging bay, which is in downtown Peachtree Corners.
There are now twelve Tesla V3 compressors and four universal charging stations in operation on the square. This month two 350kW chargers and two 150kW chargers will go into operation so the square can charge all kinds of EV models. It will be one of the largest public charging stations in the state of Georgia and the largest in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
“More than 55,000 vehicles per day will be driving past the new charging hub on the main corridor. This reflects the immense impact our initiative has had on the larger area, in addition to the residents of Peachtree Corners,” said Brian Johnson, City Manager, Peachtree Corners. “Not only is this a major economic engine for our city, attracting retail and other related activities, but it also serves as a model for other communities across the country as electrification continues to expand.”
Establishing the right business models is a key area where expert input can be beneficial, including negotiation, contracting, and promotion. For example, at Peachtree Corners, the chargers were funded by the charging system providers who saw the value of the website for their customers.
“Working with Hubject has allowed us to accelerate our electric vehicle delivery efforts without going over budget,” said Johnson. “The Hubject team identified our needs and connected us with key stakeholders. This resulted in the rapid development of an Electrify America charging station and the largest Tesla charging station in the Atlanta area.”
The Hubject-Peachtree Corners partnership is expected to continue through 2021, and activities will include more Grant funded Electrification projects and other charging measures for electric vehicles.
Expert partnerships can also help cities resolve issues such as designing incentive programs, retrofitting city fleet electric vehicles, preparing utility companies, and more.
“The Hubject team has come up with a great approach to helping smaller cities plan the electrified future,” said Tim Echols, Peachtree Corners Commissioner, who as Deputy Chairman the Georgia Public Service Commission. “As an EV driver, I hope more Georgia communities will take initiatives similar to Peachtree Corners to help make their community more accessible to EVs.”
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Published on February 17, 2021 – 12:00 UTC