Contact Gil Tal for the tool at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the GIS UC Davis GIS EV Planning Toolbox! This tool was made possible through funding from the California Energy Commission and through discussion with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in California. It is intended to be used for planning the location of plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in California. It can be used more broadly, but datasets are only provided for California. There are three modules: Market Toolbox, Workplace Charging Toolbox, and Fast Charging toolbox. It is free to download due to funding from the California Energy Commission.
The tool has two main uses. First it suggests the location of demand based on a market size input from the user (the tool tells you where people may buy if you give it a target market size e.g. 1,000,000 vehicles). Second, it provides the location and magnitude anticipated demand for infrastructure given a market location. It does not provide guidance for implementation (permitting, construction, costs, placement etc). The tool outputs the number of anticipated charging events and number of kWh by location. Locations are not specific, but are generally within a 1-2 mile area.
You need ArcView 10.x to run the market and workplace charging tool. You will need ArcGIS 10.x to run the fast charging tool.
The tool was originally designed for use by MPOs, but there are many organizations and individual researchers who can benefit from its use. Some results may be less applicable to a specific site host, although fast charger siting can be a little more specific. It is very useful to construct scenarios for different vehicle types (BEV, PHEV) and different battery sizes.
This tool does not tell you the answers! It provides a framework to investigate the market and relationships between charging and travel. It is up to the user to make decisions on what to include or not include for consideration. It is a tool, which means you still have to do the “construction”. It should however provide many shortcuts and suggestions.
The PH&EV Center hosted a live webinar in 2015 to demonstrate the use of the GIS Toolbox. Recordings from that webinar are available to view in sections below.