Clean Cities Reveals Early Lessons on Electric Vehicle Deployment

February 22, 2011

Cities and states have new blueprints to follow as they prepare for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles. Clean Cities just released a convenient online collection of case studies in electric vehicle deployment. The case studies detail the early experiences of four U.S. locations on the leading edge of home-charging implementation. The newly compiled information is housed on the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC). 

All-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles hold great promise for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. But before widespread adoption is possible, cities and states must have the appropriate systems in place for deployment of home-charging equipment. The new Plug-in Electric Vehicle Deployment Case Studies section of the AFDC offers ideas for industry leaders and public officials looking for answers on residential charger permitting procedures, tax incentives, regulatory mechanisms, technical guidelines, equipment inspection requirements, and more.

Among the case studies is a detailed account of the state of Oregon’s path to plugging in. Manufacturers and public officials there are working with consumers to deploy charging equipment in 900 residences and 1,150 public locations in and between the cities of Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis. The case study includes Oregon’s step-by-step process for permitting, installation, and inspection of home charging equipment. And it provides links to a trove of Oregon’s legislation, regulations, and reports that other regions can use in their own deployment efforts. The other locations featured in Deployment Case Studies include Raleigh, N.C.; Houston; and Los Angeles.

All the case studies are housed within the comprehensive Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and All-Electric Vehicle section of the AFDC.