NREL Helps Communities Assess Electric Vehicle Readiness


| 2/26/2013 9:31:00 AM


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool to help local and regional leaders assess the readiness of their communities for the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles.

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Scorecard (PEV Scorecard), developed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative, is a detailed and interactive online assessment tool that collects information about a community’s readiness for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The tool also provides feedback on its progress, and offers guidance for improvement. Municipalities, counties and states can use the PEV Scorecard to ensure they’re prepared to facilitate the electrification of transportation and reap the environmental, economic and energy security benefits that come with it.Plug-in Electric Car 

“The nationwide deployment of electric vehicles is a revolution in transportation,” said NREL engineer Mike Simpson, who led the tool’s development. “There’s a significant amount of thought and effort involved in shepherding these new technologies into our communities, and the Energy Department saw a real need to provide local and regional leaders with some interactive blueprints.”

PEV readiness is a community-wide effort that requires charging infrastructure, planning, regulations and support services. And it demands coordination and collaboration among dozens of stakeholders, including utilities, charging equipment manufacturers, vehicle dealerships, metropolitan planning departments, electrical contractors and community organizations. The PEV Scorecard helps communities make sense of the necessary steps and track their progress along the way.

Available online at DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, the PEV Scorecard walks users through a variety of PEV readiness topics, including permitting and inspection processes for charging equipment installations, incentives and promotions, education and outreach, coordination with utilities, likely PEV adoption rates, and long-range infrastructure planning.



Within each topic, community representatives answer a series of multiple-choice questions related to their level of preparation. Communities receive scores for each topic, ranging from “Needs Improvement” to “Excellent.” The tool then provides customized recommendations, resources, and case studies to help communities raise their scores within each topic. A community’s scores and recommendations are private and cannot be viewed by other users of the tool.



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