The U.S. Department of Transportation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, recently released a free technical resource to help communities take full advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and other forms of electric transportation.
The urban EV guide – titled Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and funding Urban Electric Mobility Infrastructure – provides a resource for communities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), transportation providers, businesses, and property owners and developers with information on how to scope, plan, and identify ways to best leverage the federal funding.
The toolkit covers infrastructure for different types of electric mobility, including: light-duty passenger vehicles; micromobility (including electric bikes and scooters); transit and school buses; and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. It also covers the stages of electric mobility infrastructure development:
- Electric Mobility Basics;
- Benefits and Implementation Challenges of Urban Mobility Electrification;
- Partnership Opportunities;
- Electric Mobility Infrastructure Planning for Urban Areas;
- Electric Mobility Infrastructure Funding and Financing for Urban Areas;
- Resources for Electric Mobility Infrastructure Planning; and
- Environmental Statutes and Executive Orders .
“Right now, there is incredible energy and momentum in communities across this country to transform and electrify our transportation system to ensure that every American has access to convenient, affordable, and reliable mobility options,” said Gabe Klein, executive director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. “The Urban EV Toolkit is the recipe for a multimodal, connected, clean transportation system in our cities and towns to complement the newly updated Rural EV Toolkit, so whether you choose to ride, drive, or walk in your community, the benefits of electrified transportation are baked in.”