Electric Vehicles: Is Your Community Connected?
Zoning Practice — July 2010
By Timothy Bourcier, AICP
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Electric vehicles are coming soon to a community near you. While customers are lining up to purchase plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), organizations, utility companies, and governments are concurrently forming partnerships and working to craft policies to promote the sale and use of EVs.
However, it is likely that many localities have not considered how to regulate and permit individual charging stations at homes and commercial centers. The location of charging stations probably has not been thoroughly considered, either.
This issue of Zoning Practice examines community efforts to support the development of charging stations and explores a number of issues local governments should consider when regulating charging stations for electric vehicles.
About the Author
Timothy Bourcier, AICP