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RPCGB Analyzes Potential For Electric Vehicle Plug-in Stations

In late 2011, the RPCGB began analyzing the potential of electric vehicle (EV) plug-in infrastructure in the state of Alabama.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) was selected by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities Initiative to lead a project that will establish a comprehensive, tri-state (Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina) readiness and deployment strategy for electric vehicles and EV infrastructure and begin implementation of the Southeast Regional EV Deployment Readiness Program. As a partner in the project, the RPCGB is helping to locate general areas where electric vehicle charging stations should be located, so that utility companies can analyze impacts on the power grid.

The project supports DOE's goal of bringing electric vehicles to communities across the nation. The RPCGB's Marshall Farmer is conducting the analysis to determine the location for public, workspace and fleet charging stations. The analysis examines variables such as trip length, congestion, transit availability, potential and existing electric vehicle sales and shifts in demographics to present a vision for the future need of charging stations. Results of the study will be available on the RPCGB website in the coming weeks.

Partners include the RPCGB, CTE, City of Atlanta, South Carolina Energy Office, Clemson University (South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies), Georgia Power, Southern Company, Alabama Power, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Clean cities - Atlanta and the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.