Consider alternatives to EV charging stations in public Right-of-Ways (ROWs) because of competing demands on curb space.

Lessons learned from the Seattle’s permitting pilot of EV charging stations on public ROWs.

Seattle; Washington; United States

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There were several reasons why permits did not make it to final approval, most of which can be distilled down to three main barriers:  
  • Consideration of competing ROW needs (i.e. transit only lane, limited pedestrian space, bike lane). 
  • Bringing electricity to the site was cost prohibitive. 
  • Previously unknown physical barriers (i.e. wires, pipes). 
 In response to these issues, Seattle is considering: 
  • Off-street alternatives (private parking lots, residential streets etc.).
  • Pre-identifying locations for charging station deployment.
  • Other charging configurations (light poles, level 2 outlets, smart charging cables, e-micromobility).
  • Extending annual permitting to a longer agreement term to minimize investment risk .

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Electric Vehicle Charging in the Right-of-Way Permit Pilot (EVCROW): 1.0 Evaluation Report

Published By: Seattle DOT

URL: https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SDOT/NewMobilityProgram/EVCROW_Evaluation_Report.pdf

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Lesson ID: 2020-00937