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Charging Infrastructure Planning and Impact Assessment for Plug-in Electric Vehicles


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Project status

In progress

Start date: 10/01/12
End date: 09/30/13


Sponsor(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory

About the research


An adequate infrastructure is an important enabler or driver for the success of certain advanced vehicle technologies. As it has the potential to reduce range anxiety for battery electric vehicle (BEV) drivers and increase fuel savings of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), an adequate charging infrastructure is considered a technological option for reducing the market barriers to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). To achieve the sustainable petroleum displacement and environmental improvement goals, limited public resources call for cost-effective planning for the deployment of charging infrastructure.

This research project will analyze the effects of deploying electric vehicle charging stations on promoting PEV market and increasing electric miles traveled. A charger infrastructure planning model will be established based on longitudinal, spatial, vehicle data. Specifically, the GPS-based travel survey data collected in the Seattle metropolitan area will be used as the major data source in this study. The potential petroleum displacement and energy cost savings of PEVs, compared to conventional gasoline vehicles, will also be estimated.

Related publications

  1. Dong, J., Liu, C. and Lin, Z. “Charging Infrastructure Planning for Promoting Battery Electric Vehicle Market: An Activity-Based Assessment Using Multiday Travel Data.” Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting, 2013.
  2. Lin Z., Dong, J. and Greene, D.L. “Hydrogen vehicles: Impacts of DOE technical targets on market acceptance and societal benefits.” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013.