Charging Electric Vehicles in Smart Cities: An EVI-Pro Analysis of Columbus, Ohio

This report seeks to provide guidance on plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure to stakeholders in the Columbus, Ohio area–both to reduce range anxiety as a barrier to PEV sales and to ensure the effective use of private/public investments in PEV charging infrastructure. Findings from this study are expected to be relevant for other U.S. cities similar to Columbus and to provide useful insights for accelerating PEV adoption. This report is organized into four main parts. First, an analysis of the existing Columbus light-duty vehicle (LDV) market is conducted and near-term PEV adoption goals are reviewed to estimate future PEV sales. Second, detailed global positioning system (GPS) travel data from INRIX (a commercial traffic/mapping provider) are described, including a discussion of data quality control measures. Third, these travel data are used in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL’s) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) model to estimate the total number of charging stations, their type, and their location required to support PEV adoption goals in Columbus with comparisons made to real-world data from ChargePoint (a manufacturer and operator of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)). Finally, a sensitivity analysis is conducted to highlight sources of uncertainty, and simulation results are used to generate a set of “hot-spot” locations for consideration by the city and other stakeholders for installing new PEV charging stations.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 61p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01669353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NREL/TP-5400-70367
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC36-08GO28308
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 17 2018 4:38PM