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New report offers roadmap for electric vehicle charging stations in Vermont

Sep 24, 2013

A new report authored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and DuBois & King, Inc. provides a roadmap for the siting of public electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at Vermont Agency of Transportation properties such as Park and Ride lots and interstate rest areas.

Commissioned by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the report includes recommendations for where public EV charging stations should be located, what type they should be, and how many will be needed based on EV sales projections. The report also describes options for business models the state could adopt to support the installation and operation of the public charging stations.

Although EV drivers will typically charge their vehicles at home in the evenings, a network of publicly-available charging stations around the state will provide mobility for these drivers to travel throughout Vermont and beyond.

Findings from the report include:

  • Based on current sales projections derived from state and federal data, there may be 6,000 – 10,000 EVs registered in Vermont 10 years from now.
  • Super-fast “DC fast charging” public charging stations, which can charge an EV in 30 minutes or less, are ideal for high traffic routes such as interstate rest areas and Park and Ride lots.
  • Downtown areas and parking lots at state-owned facilities are the best options for the slower Level 2 and Level 1 public charging stations, because EVs can be parked at those locations for longer periods of time while car owners shop or go to work.
  • Various business models can be used to support the EV charging station network. These include public-private partnerships that could minimize costs to the state.

As VEIC noted in its latest quarterly report on Vermont EV registrations, adoption of this clean vehicle technology is spreading rapidly. As of July 1, there are 291 EVs registered in more than 100 communities throughout the state. The Vermont Agency of Transportation is seeking to support this technology by moving forward with the deployment of EV charging equipment in high-priority locations over the next six to twelve months. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation sector is a key priority of the State of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan.

Read the Report

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