RS&H worked in partnership with the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO), the North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition and JEA, the region’s electric utility, to plan and implement a regional network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Evaluating and Mapping Areas
Using Geospatial Analysis (GIS) and evaluation of demographic and economic data, RS&H mapped areas suitable for electric vehicle charging, including workplaces, activity centers, and public/institutional destinations. GIS Kernal Density analysis identified “hot spots” where complimentary land uses indicated areas where demand for EV charging was likely to be high. Using a five-by-five mile grid, and locations of existing EV charging, a “Range Anxiety” map was developed, indicating locations where EV infrastructure is desirable to provide motorists easy access to recharging facilities along common routes throughout the region.
Hot Spot and Range Anxiety mapping was combined with a competitive application process that solicited applications for charging infrastructure from across the region. Twenty-five applicants were selected, resulting in installation of 50 Level 2 EV charge points at an average cost of $6,500 per point. The project increased regional charging infrastructure by over 200 percent. Monthly charging sessions have increase five-fold since installation.
Following on this success, RS&H helped the North Florida TPO develop a plan for a second phase of investment targeted at developing EV infrastructure sited on government-owned land. In this phase, the North Florida TPO solicited applications for infrastructure from local government entities, while RS&H evaluated proposed locations using its Hot Spot and Range Anxiety GIS mapping techniques.
Using these processes, 22 locations have been identified, representing 44 charge points. Combined with Phase I installations, this represents near full coverage of Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties and will facilitate rapid projected growth in electric vehicle adoption in the region.