Electric Vehicle Readiness Study

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.