PEV Readiness

Toolkit & Related Documents

This toolkit highlights actions a community can take to get ready for the plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are arriving in communities across California. Each easy-to-reference section includes a basic description of the needed action, its purpose, and examples from California communities and stakeholders. The sections are designed to stand alone, so you can refer only to those sections needed. Now is the time for local governments to get ready by developing the policies and programs you need to support the PEVs already in your communities and the thousands more expected soon on California roadways. Click on the link below to download the PEV readiness toolkit as well as a number of important local government references cited in the Appendix of the toolkit.

Download PEV Readiness Toolkit | (updated 8/20/12) 

 Reference Documents

PEVC Report: Streamlining the Permitting and Inspections Process for Plug-In Electric Vehicle Home Charger Installations

The process of planning and executing residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) or charging stations required coordination of many participants. The resulting cost, timing, and complexity are dependent on how each perticipant manages his or her own steps and how effectively they hand off the job to each other. This report seeks to characterize key aspects of the installation process as they relate to permitting and inspection considerations, highlighting common challenges and questions that arise. Through discussion, examples and recommendations, it also seeks to address a troubling trend: the permitting and inspection process for charging equipment is becoming more onerous in some jurisdictions over time. This paper provides recommendations and references so that practitioners can design streamlined procedures for permitting and inspection in their jurisdiction.

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PEVC Report: Accessibility and Signage for Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

This report recommends accessibility standards for charging infrastructure installed as part of the new construction of facilities, and also standards for installations at existing facilities. The recomeneded standards distinguish between charging that is publicly available and charging that is restricted in access (e.g. residential). The report also recommends standardized general purpose signs to identify charging stations and direct users to the stations, and regulatory signs to designate the permissible uses of the charging facilities and to prohibit certain uses where necessary. All regulatory signs must be supported by appropriate rules, ordinances or policies.

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Building Standards Commission website - Please note that the Building Standards Commission (BSC) has approved Accessibilty Guidelines for EV Charging Stations.   Visit the BSC website for more information.

UCLA Charging in Multifamily Residential Buildings

The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for charging electric vehicles in multifamily residential buildings. The study draws on case studies from Southern California, and most of the analysis is applied to the City of Los Angeles. The author is a second year UCLA Department of Urban Planning graduate student who completed the project as a part of his capstone requirement.

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DOE Clean Cities PEV Fact Sheet

In this fact sheet, you'll learn the basics about the types of electric-drive vehicles, including how they work the benefits of using them, and the various charging options. You'll also read about what DOE is doing further the deployment of these vehicles through Clean Cities and projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Advanced Energy Community Planning Guide

The future of transportation is here, and it is knocking at your door! Our day-to-day means of transportation is changing, and the more municipalities, business leaders, utilities and end-users know about Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs), the more prepared they will be to embrave the "vehicles of tomorrow" today. This guide has been developed to help communities with all aspects of planning and preparing for the expected influx of PEVs, including best practices on installation, codes, standards, permitting and inspections, as well as information on municipal and utility involvement, and community outreach and education.

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DOE PEV Consumer Guide

You have heard about the new generation of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. Perhaps you're considering buying one, but you are wondering how they measure up to conventional vehicles. This handbook is designed to answer your basic questions and point you to the additional information you need to make the best decision.

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Ready Set Charge California

To develop EV-ready communities, local government leaders are working closely with industry and community partners to address five broad domains of work: Streamlining residential electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installations, accelerating EVSE deployment in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), developing comprehensive regional charging networks, integrating PEVs in regional transportation systems, buildings, and energy grids, and accelerating PEV adoption by consumers, fleets, and car-sharing organizations. To assist stakeholders in advancing EV-readiness, Ready, Set, Charge, California

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