The Electric Power Research Institute on Nov. 28 released an interactive online resource intended to help utilities and industry stakeholders effectively plan for the power and infrastructure needed to serve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
The eRoadMAP™ was released with support from truck and car manufacturers, fleet operators, the U.S. Department of Energy, the DOE National Labs, RMI, and others.
The new tool is as part of the EVs2Scale2030™ initiative. American Public Power Association staff serve on the initiative’s Advisory Board as well as the joint EPRI and Alliance for Transportation Electrification task force on proactive grid build.
The free and public tool allows users to explore how quickly EVs are expected in different regions, and identifies energy needs across the U.S. at the individual feeder level -- where critical utility planning occurs.
To highlight both near-term and future energy needs, eRoadMAP incorporates the electrification plans of critical industry stakeholders as well as the future energy needs to support full electrification of the on-road transportation sector.
The tool is a work in progress and will continue to be updated and improved with additional data. Future plans for the mapping tool include integrating important demographic data and other planning resources to help identify and prioritize areas where transportation electrification-related investments can be made to address specific market needs, including major freight hubs, corridors and disadvantaged communities.
The EVs2Scale2030™ initiative is a three-year commitment focused on leveraging industry scale to galvanize and align critical market stakeholders as electric vehicles are deployed at scale to achieve 2030 electrification goals.