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Charging Ahead: Electric vehicle infrastructure – what is needed, when, and where?

Jun 13, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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What comes first, the cars or the infrastructure? For plug-in electric vehicles, one of the biggest selling points is their ability to charge at home. However, home infrastructure presents cost and logistical challenges, especially for those without dedicated parking. Furthermore, even for those with home charging, many have stated a desire to expand their range and reduce ‘range anxiety’ through the availability of public charging. California’s recent settlement with NRG requires that the company spend $100M on plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure. Furthermore, the California Energy Commission’s AB118 program continues to provide funding for a variety of public infrastructure providers. Where could this money be put to best use to increase vehicle sales and overall utility of PEVs? What laws and regulations governing electricity use will play a large role in the attractiveness of this new automotive ‘fuel’? This session highlights the latest analytical and market survey research that can help guide PEV infrastructure policy and investments.
Session 3 – Charging ahead:
1. What type of infrastructure is needed, how much, and where?
a. Based on usage?
b. Based on convincing the public to buy vehicles?
c. What mix of capacity?
d. Public vs. Non-public (e.g. workplace) vs. semi-public (e.g. grocery store)
2. Who pays for installation and use?

  • Anthony Eggert, Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy


  • Tom Turrentine, Director, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis
  • Mike Nicholas, UC Davis Post-doctoral Researcher, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center
  • Nancy Ryan, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
  • Joshua Cunningham, Director, California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative

For more information, please visit the website of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.


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