Optimal location of charging points

Tag: Transportation, Mobility, Social Science

Julia Frotey is a PhD student at TVES Laboratory (Territories, Cities, Environment and Society). She works on MOVE and CUMIN projects, two multidisciplinary projects on the use of charging points in a large scale. CUMIN project aims at implementing a network of electric cars on the campus of Lille 1 University. She especially works on charging points, their locations but also on how users appropriate them.

Electric vehicles have known a fast growth over the last years due to the need to find a clean alternative to internal combustion vehicles, improve air quality, reduce noise and boost the car industry. But there is still a lot to do concerning the appropriation of the technology by users and how the administration could support this development to make it affordable to many people. The effects on the environment (noise, pollution, …) are also unknown.

During the BeyondLab event, we discussed the optimal location for charging points. It appeared that park-and-rides located close to points of interest would be the best solution. But we also raised some other issues: how could this technology be easier to use? We proposed new services: book a charging point for a precise time or share a non-used vehicle. At last accessibility to vulnerable people has been tackled. It seems that this major issue has not been pointed out so far. 

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