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After years of false starts, the time of electric vehicles (EVs) has finally arrived. Advancements in battery storage and vehicle range, lower prices, and federal investments and incentives are helping to pave the way for the mainstreaming of EVs. The rapid deployment of EV charging infrastructure is essential to maintaining this momentum.
To help realize the wider benefits of EV adoption, especially the promised reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful forms of pollution associated with fossil fuels, it is essential for planners to understand the evolving state of EV charging stations and how to maximize their benefits at the local level.
This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes EV charging infrastructure and highlights questions of distribution as well as technological change and disruption that planners will need to address to ensure that charging stations are deployed equitably across communities.
About the Author
Joseph DeAngelis, AICP
Joseph DeAngelis, AICP is a planner and Research Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He currently manages APA's slate of FEMA and NOAA sponsored research projects. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.