Free ‘Best Practices’ Guide to Educate Site Owners on New Installations; Recommendations Can Ease Permit Process, Increase Safety, Lower Cost

For governments, businesses and other entities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a guide to selecting the best site designs and locations for new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The guide, Site Design for EV Charging StationsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., will also be useful for towns and villages reviewing permit applications for proposed EV charging stations to ensure that these new installations are designed most effectively.

Today, many municipalities, retail stores or businesses may be considering a plan for an EV station but lack experience regarding proper site design. NYSERDA’s free 30-page online guide suggests best practices that site owners can adopt to make charging stations safe and accessible to all.

The report discusses:

  • different types of charging stations currently available
  • best placement for a charging station for a parallel, perpendicular or angled parking space
  • space needed to ensure traffic or pedestrian safety (as well as protection of the device)
  • avoiding problems with electrical cords blocking paths
  • avoiding damage from snowplows or traffic in general
  • how to assure installation is accessible to people with disabilities

“New York State, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, has made significant inroads toward creating a regional infrastructure for electric vehicles,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA is pleased to present this guide to support those efforts here in New York State and throughout the Northeast, broadening the market adoption of electric vehicles.”

By helping site owners make smart decisions, the guide can lower the cost of installation and make it easier for EV drivers to use the stations effectively. Safe, easy-to-use charging stations will help encourage the purchase of electric cars and trucks.

The guide is part of NYSERDA’s work with the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a collaboration of the 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C. Last year, TCI launched the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, a partnership of public and private groups to expand the number of charging stations in the region and further encourage the use of electric vehicles.

NYSERDA played a leadership role on behalf of TCI and was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop documents like this guide to help encourage best practices for EV charging stations around the region. TCI and NYSERDA are working with 16 DOE-sponsored Clean Cities Coalitions to help build support around the region.

Site Design for EV Charging Stations was written by Sustainable Transportation Strategies on behalf of NYSERDA. Other related EV installation primers developed under similar DOE grants include Electric Vehicle Charging for Persons with DisabilitiesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. andSiting Electric Vehicle Charging StationsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 09/06/2012