Electric Vehicle Readiness Study

NEW - Electric Vehicle Readiness Open House - April 17

 

Metro COG, in conjunction with local area jurisdictions, is hosting an Electric Vehicle Readiness Open House on Wednesday, April 17. This open house will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input about electric vehicle usage as the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area prepares for an increase in this technology.

 

Electric Vehicle Readiness Open House

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sky Commons Conference Center (2nd floor of the Fargo Civic Center)

207 4th Street N
Fargo, ND 58102

 

The open house will feature a variety of self-guided activities and question-and-answer opportunities with Metro COG, city and county staff, and EV experts on the anticipated impact of EVs in the area. The open house is part of Metro COG's Electric Vehicle Readiness Study. The goal of the study is to identify ways to prepare for an anticipated growth in EV usage in the metro area over the next decade.


NEW - EV Readiness Survey Now Open

 

How familiar are you with electric vehicles? Do you own or have you considered buying an EV? We want to hear from you!

Residents in Cass and Clay counties are invited to provide feedback on the EV readiness survey. The results will help to inform local jurisdictions and other planning partners about current EV usage and awareness, as well as drive potential recommendations for future EV adoption in the region. The survey is open until Wednesday, May 1.

Click below to take the survey now!

 

EV Readiness Survey


Project Background Information

 

Electric vehicles are gaining traction among consumers, governments, and automakers as battery prices fall and the benefits of EVs increase. In recent years, virtually every major automobile manufacturer has announced plans to transition to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. As cities and regions look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower maintenance costs for consumers to better air quality for residents, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV-ready’.

Project Objective

 

The objective of this study is to ensure that the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area is EV-ready by developing a vision for electric vehicle readiness, identifying key partnerships and actionable strategies, and facilitating community support for EVs. It is envisioned that this study will provide local jurisdictions with a public understanding of EV feasibility, assist in identifying current and potential barriers to EV adoption, and inform cities, counties, and other planning partners on infrastructure-related best practices to meet current and future EV needs throughout the metropolitan area.

When complete, the study is envisioned to provide strategies and recommendations for cities and counties to consider including but not limited to: model policies, infrastructure and service needs, land use and zoning, parking, building and development codes, permitting and inspection processes, procurement, technical assistance and education, partnership opportunities, and funding.

This study will tie into recent National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plans completed by NDDOT and MnDOT, including goals, strategies, and key takeaways identified in each plan. Additional guidance developed by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will also be utilized as appropriate.