2.17 Clarify DOT’s role in charging infrastructure and research charging network needs
Reason for action
The DOT may be interested in building charging infrastructure. As such, it will need to research the reasons as well as the best places for building infrastructure. Unlike cities and MPOs, DOTs are responsible for the entire state transportation system and must accommodate interregional and interstate travel, even if certain routes are relatively unused compared to others; for example, DOTs build and maintain rural routes despite the fact that dollar cost per passenger mile traveled is much more than densely populated areas. Similarly, PEV charging along highway corridors will be much less frequent than in urban areas, but DOTs must balance promoting regional travel with the consumer demand for corridor charging. Therefore, DOTs must coordinate with local entities to determine how it can best complement the local, state, and interstate charging network.
Implementing the action
Knowledge of charging behavior helps charging station installers (including the DOT itself) and charging network providers optimize the location of equipment (see Action 3.3). Following the collection of this knowledge, publicizing charging behavior from PEV drivers can help assuage drivers with range anxiety.