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National Plug-in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Analysis

October 31, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released the report National Plug-in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Analysis (PDF). This report is not intended to forecast electric vehicle adoption and use.  Rather, it presents possible scenarios about future electric vehicle use to aid public and private entities in planning for electric vehicle charging stations to allow for use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles.  This would help drivers to charge their cars when they are away from home, and to reduce anxiety about the distance an electric vehicle could travel from home, if there is known to be a network of charging stations along the route where a driver would travel. The analysis is based on four separate geographic areas: cities, towns (population 2,500 – 50,000), rural areas, and along Interstate corridors.

EERE also released the report Enabling Fast Charging (PDF), which will be necessary to enable widespread commercial and non-commercial use of electric vehicles.  The report outlines barriers and research and development needs for batteries, vehicles, and infrastructure.