Georgetown Law's Climate Center Helps Northeast Prepare for Increased Use of Electric Vehicles

February 14, 2013 —

As part of a major push to prepare the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for anticipated growth in electric vehicle use, the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University Law Center and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network have released a series of reports and analyses to assist communities, employers, property owners and local residents.  

The new reports highlight growing interest in electric vehicles and provide guidance for policies and locations of new charging stations. The Network also released a series of educational materials and a web-based tool for locating the more than 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations already available to the public in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  

"These reports mark the culmination of a year of planning work to help communities understand and remove barriers to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles," says Vicki Arroyo, a spokeswoman for the effort and the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center. "The recommendations will also ensure that public charging stations are placed in strategic locations that both maximize usage and facilitate interstate travel."   

The analysis highlights electric vehicle trends and the demographics of EV buyers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions - most notably the concentration of electric vehicles in suburban areas - and makes recommendations on the placement of future charging infrastructure. The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network's reports also provide local governments and stakeholders sample building code amendments, planning and policy tools and electric vehicle siting and design guidelines.   

The reports were prepared for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of a U.S. Department of Energy grant supporting EV readiness activities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.  The Georgetown Climate Center facilitates the TCI, a collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.