PEV Scorecard helps communities prepare for deployment


Even though sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are down, the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is assisting with the assessment of community readiness for PEVs.

Despite slow PEV growth, NREL's Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Scorecard, developed for DOE's Clean Cities initiative, is a much-needed interactive online assessment tool communities can use to ensure they're prepared for electric transportation, as Pike Research predicts the PEV market to grow as the economy improves and battery prices go down.

PEV readiness is a community-wide effort that requires charging infrastructure, planning, regulations and support services, as well as coordination and collaboration among stakeholders, including utilities, charging equipment manufacturers, vehicle dealerships, metropolitan planning departments and electrical contractors.

The PEV Scorecard walks users through a variety of PEV readiness topics, including permitting and inspection processes for charging equipment installations, incentives and promotions, education and outreach, coordination with utilities, likely PEV adoption rates, and long-range infrastructure planning.

"The PEV Scorecard helps communities see the forest and the trees in terms of PEV deployment," said NREL engineer Mike Simpson. "They can get a big-picture assessment of how ready they are, and then drill down to the finer points to find out how to improve."

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