Best Practices for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Research Idea Scope
Electric vehicle charging stations are becoming more commonplace in many states but vary as to type and format and usage-there is no consensus as to how they should be funded or whether located on public or private property. There is no consensus on whether or if there should be highway signs directing to their location. There is no consensus on how many “chargers” would constitute a “station” or what minimum level of voltage is required to call oneself a station. From a DOT view, since most DOTs are funded by gas taxes, there is no consensus on how/if/why electric vehicles should be charged to use the highways, and one way may be to tax or charge for the use of these types of stations. On a utility regulatory view, there is also no consensus on whether charging stations should be entirely driven by the free market (any business could open one) or provided solely by local electric companies in that area as an outreach of their franchise to provide electricity in that area. This research would compile what is the practice in various states and localities and then attempt to discern a best practice for most or many of these issues.
Urgency and Payoff
Electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace every day, and many states such as California are opening more and more of these types of stations. A best practice guide would be helpful in addressing some of the above issues and hopefully standardizing the usage of these stations in the future.
Rodney Massman Missouri Public Service Commission 578-751-7510