EV Site Integration
The environmental benefits of plug-in electric vehicles will become widespread only if an infrastructure for charging, wayfinding, and incentives is in place at a scale that can compete with the ubiquitous gas station.
The requirements for successful EV infrastructure present opportunities for integration with specific sites, facilities, and communities that far surpass the level of integration currently possible with gas/food service stations. CGD’s design services for EV site integration are grounded in the following principles:
1. Planning solutions will interface with the existing parking and transportation capabilities of a specific community.
2. To accommodate the connection times typically needed for developing battery technologies, all charging venues will offer the user “In-Parallel” opportunities. While the parked vehicle charges, the user can work, shop, eat, sleep, watch a film, attend a concert, visit an exhibition, or explore other cultural amenities.
3. All solutions will respond to, and enhance, core values of successful downtown urbanism for a specific community.
4. Charging opportunities will offer incentives for both users and providers.