Electric Vehicles (EVs) is making it easier for getting around cities with the growth of infrastructure in EV. But, it is still a challenge for travelling between cities as policies, infrastructure, and incentives as implementation always does not take place on a regional scale. Thus, one of the major hindrance for embracing the EVs is the fear of its suitability for regional travel.
In recent years, several studies and surveys cited that individuals and fleet less adopted EVs due to range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure. The essential step for easing the concerns in EV range is the region’s adequate infrastructure in heavily travelled locations. Let’s know all the about the study in details.
Cities Evaluation: Electric Vehicle Readiness
A study to determine the regional preparedness for an increasing number of EVs analyzed in the areas surrounding major cities the EV charging infrastructure development. The study sought to understand the area infrastructure readiness, although they lack direct control over regional preparedness. In the study, reviews and scoring took place for sixty prominent cities of the US. Out of the cities, five largest cities include from the country’s census define-division, American Cities Climate Challenge‘s participator includes 25 cities and 44 largest metro areas largest cities.
Method for Evaluation: Electric Vehicle Readiness
The EV infrastructure surrounding the cities used scoring metrics of three different types of evaluation. They are metropolitan area readiness, day trip destination readiness, and Airport readiness. Each of the areas sees the number of charging stations within 20 and 5 miles of their respective destinations while the airport area sees in the airport itself. The metrics try to maintain the full data of the adequacy of the infrastructure of the locations and people moving throughout the region.
Findings and Results: Electric Vehicle Readiness
The findings came and displayed in the form of points for each of the city based on the infrastructure readiness of regional EV. It also divided the cities into three categories and each of the city come under any one of the categories. The categories were Strong Regional EV Infrastructure, Moderate Regional EV Infrastructure, and Limited Regional EV Infrastructure. San Jose received the highest points of 45, and Birmingham received the lowest of 5 points as the most prepared city for EV readiness.
There is a robust fast-charger coverage in their immediate areas of the most prepared cities in each category. The region of Pacific is the highest developed as it has got the highest points of 168.5 and San Jose also falls under it.
Regional Leaders: Electric Vehicle Readiness
Representatives from the well-prepared cities stressed about ideas and resource sharing importance for leveraging electrifying transportation impact. San Jose city for promoting EVs and expanding of regional charging infrastructure collaborates with various utility actors, state, region, and country. Denver discusses EV adoption best practices and shares information with municipalities of another region. The cities must undertake strategies and plans of resource and ideas sharing for the chargers and EVs widescale implementation. Furthermore, EV charging infrastructure expansion will boost greater confidence for regional travel of consumers.
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