Modeling Framework and Results to Inform Charging Infrastructure Investments

Marc Melaina, Eric Wood

Research output: NRELPresentation


The plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is experiencing rapid growth with dozens of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) models already available and billions of dollars being invested by automotive manufacturers in the PEV space. Electric range is increasing thanks to larger and more advanced batteries and significant infrastructure investments are being made to enable higher power fast charging. Costs are falling and PEVs are becoming more competitive with conventional vehicles. Moreover, new technologies such as connectivity and automation hold the promise of enhancing the value proposition of PEVs. This presentation outlines a suite of projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technology Office to conduct assessments of the economic value and charging infrastructure requirements of the evolving PEV market. Individual assessments include national evaluations of PEV economic value (assuming 73M PEVs on the road in 2035), national analysis of charging infrastructure requirements (with community and corridor level resolution), and case studies of PEV ownership in Columbus, OH and Massachusetts.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePresented at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program 2017 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, 5-9 June 2017, Washington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-68370


  • batteries
  • battery electric vehicle
  • BEV
  • DOE
  • PEV
  • PHEV
  • plug-in electric vehicle
  • plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
  • range
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Vehicle Technologies Office
  • VTO


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