Developing a Framework for Siting Multi-Modal Charging Hubs

Research Team: Ran Wei (lead) and Nanpeng Yu

University: UC Riverside

Problem Statement: California leads the nation in the adoption of electrified transportation. There were more than 650,000 private electric vehicles (EVs) in California as of October 2019, accounting for almost half of all EVs sold in the United States since 2011. Other transportation modes are also being electrified, including electric buses (EB), e-bikes, and e-scooters. While the state has made significant investment in deploying charging infrastructure, the growing popularity of electrified transportation requires expanding the state’s current efforts and integrating the different charging technologies to accommodate the ever-increasing interactions among modes (e.g., transfers from EV to EB, e-bike, or e- scooter).

Project Description: This project will develop a potential network of charging hubs in Contra Costa County that can accommodate the various charging needs of EVs, EBs, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Those needs will be estimated using real-world datasets provided by transportation authorities, transit agencies, and multiple open data sources like PlugShare and ScooterMap. Existing and planned sites for transit centers will be evaluated to determine the best locations for charging hubs and how to efficiently allocate charging demand while minimizing cost and maximizing service.

Status: In Progress

Budget: $74,688

Project Partner(s): Contra Costa Transportation Authority, California Energy Commission, Southern California Edison