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Can the equitable roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure be achieved?

Hopkins, Emma, Potoglou, Dimitris ORCID:, Orford, Scott ORCID: and Cipcigan, Liana ORCID: 2023. Can the equitable roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure be achieved? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 182 , 113398. 10.1016/j.rser.2023.113398

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Equitable and sufficient charging infrastructure is required for transport decarbonization to reach its goals. Despite increased electric vehicle infrastructure roll out rates, there is still considerable uncertainty regarding the charging market. For example, studies have evidenced disparities in electric vehicle charging placement, however, predictable as the market caters for early adopters. While there is an emerging discourse surrounding social equity in charging infrastructure, this is scattered across interdisciplinary research covering broader aspects of electric vehicle infrastructure provision with a lack of studies consolidating issues. This study aims to synthesize evidence on social equity in various aspects of electric vehicle charging infrastructure provision and set an agenda for centering social equity in the debate. Findings of this critical synthesis of research have helped to draw out the complexities involved in the equitable roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which are interlinked with an array of other dimensions including the affordability of electric vehicle purchase. Research into solutions and best practice has shown examples of local target setting, monetary incentives (grants, loans and rebates for electric vehicle purchase and charging infrastructure and smart energy tariffs) and other policy incentives (increased public overnight charging, electric car-clubs, extended battery warranties for second-hand vehicles) that can or have been employed to redress the balance. The outcomes could be utilized when developing and implementing electric vehicle strategies to support uptake across all people. Policy implications and further study suggested could ensure that communities and individuals are not locked out of the benefits of investment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1364-0321
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 May 2023
Date of Acceptance: 22 May 2023
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 21:09

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