This tool helps cities and municipalities determine the potential, required and optimal locations for their electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), i.e. “EV charging station” installations.
The tool uses original methodological insights to determine optimal EVSE locations based on the needs of residents, commuters and through-traffic into and out of a community. It also integrates local and global EV adoption rates to assess the need for growth in charging stations over the next five to 20-year period.
Developed on the basis of early research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure studies (The EV Project and the ChargePoint America Project), ZEVMapper™ utilizes three categories of variables, including (1) optimal location variables, (2) installation costs variables, and (3) EV driver charging patterns in calculating and mapping ideal EV charging locations. The tool also maps specific siting choices including long-term parking opportunities (Level 1 & 2), special applications for Level 2, and highway intersectionality (Level 3).
ZEVMapper™ produces outcomes in a “Best Case – Worst Case” scenario assessment which identifies the total number of EV chargers required at a given location, or within a given service area, to fully satisfy charging needs based on range capabilities of various makes and models of vehicles, drive cycles associated with EV drivers (including commuters, tourists and residents), and minimum required time to charge and “return to home base” for overnight charging.