III. PROMOTE EV CHARGING ACCESS
Electric driving requires a paradigm shift in how we fuel our vehicles as fueling can take place at home, in the community or along our highways. People’s perceived lack of visible charging stations is cited as one of the top barriers that contribute toward car buyers not purchasing electric vehicles. Thus, designing and planning charging systems will require addressing unique needs and removing barriers that local leaders are in a position to help with. Local governments can install and own EV charging equipment and adopt policies to encourage private investment in charging infrastructure. One useful tool to help determine the amount of charging needed is the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection Tool (EVI-Pro) Lite, from the Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, the cost of installing chargers may be reduced by leveraging funds available for charging equipment from the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement fund.