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Tool could help cities realise their EV charging goals

A data-driven digital tool developed by Arup could help Los Angeles scale up its electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Data includes the likes of equity, density of multi-unit dwellings and vehicle miles travelled
Data includes the likes of equity, density of multi-unit dwellings and vehicle miles travelled

As Los Angeles seeks to scale up its electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a data-driven digital tool developed by Arup could assist with identifying the best locations for charging stations.

 

The city’s Cleantech Incubator (LACI) worked with consultancy and engineering firm Arup and three utility companies to assess its current charging station network.

 

Need for more chargers

 

Chargers are already a fixture on many roads across Los Angeles but more are needed, especially for those who do not have access to at home charging because they either own commercial fleet buildings or live in a multi-unit dwelling. The city expects there will be five million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030 and 94,000 chargers will be needed by 2045.

 

Arup spent a year speaking to representatives at Burbank Water and Power, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Southern California Edison, and other City of Los Angeles departments to discuss how these stations can be deployed, alongside community engagement and funding.

“The result of our research partnership will benefit diverse communities throughout Southern California and improve the decision-making process”

The company then built a geographic information system (GIS) web-based solution that allows stakeholders to carry out in-office evaluations of geospatial data.

 

The data includes the likes of equity, density of multi-unit dwellings, vehicle miles travelled, proximity to charging infrastructure and road types.

 

Katherine Perez, LA cities leader, Arup, said: “Our collaboration with the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator reflected a joint interest to more equitably and effectively deploy kerb side charging infrastructure. The result of our research partnership will benefit diverse communities throughout Southern California and improve the decision-making process.”

 

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