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Insights from Wood plc - Dealing with Environmental Challenges - How can we determine the best location for electric vehicles charging points?
How can we determine the best location for electric vehicles charging points?
Last year, the Scottish Government confirmed funding of £20.6 million to support the uptake of electric vehicles through the Switched on Towns and Cities Challenge Fund and the Local Authority Installation Programme. As the popularity of Electric Vehicles (EVs) increases, the demand for charging stations is also growing, resulting in the public experiencing ‘range anxiety’ where suitable infrastructure is unavailable. Range anxiety is particularly relevant for inter-urban trips and rural locations. Charging can also take a lot longer than filling up with traditional fuels, from 30 minutes to up to 12 hours.
Wood is developing a service for providing a reliable tool for estimating the best locations for charging stations for inter-urban journeys to help local authorities, government agencies, energy suppliers and car manufacturers to make informed investment decisions. Together with PTV Group who are owned by SE Porsche, Wood are carrying out a pilot study and developing a specialist tool designed for optimising the location of EV charging stations. The tool rates all possible locations for charging stations by considering not only the traffic volumes, but also the origin, destination and route of every passing car and checks if there are already other charging stations along the route where people could recharge during longer trips.
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