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Designing a city wide electric vehicle charging network

The Challenge

The challenge:

The ACT Government has world leading greenhouse gas reduction targets to reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions created by transport are one of the biggest challenges in achieving these targets. The transport sector is expected to become the largest source of ACT emissions from 2020 once our electricity supply is 100% renewable. Reducing emissions from transport therefore presents one of the biggest challenges in our transition to net zero emissions by 2045.

The shift to electric vehicles will be a key part of the solution along with encouraging active travel and increasing use of public transport. Electric vehicle charging stations will be needed to support this transition.

The ACT Government is seeking advice from the MindHive community on considerations for developing a strategic and user-friendly network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Breaking down the problem:

We have divided the vehicle charging station challenge into five key areas:

  1. Identifying the best locations for charging stations.
  2. Ensuring the right mix of charging speeds and types.
  3. The pros and cons of private and public ownership of charging infrastructure.
  4. Payment systems and user models (e.g. open access versus membership-based charging).
  5. Installing the right number of charging stations to meet increasing demand.

 

We would like to invite Hivers to provide thoughts, opinions and additional perspectives on this complex issue. Ideas raised by the MindHive community will be considered in the development of ACT’s electric vehicle charging network.

 

Challenge Opened: 06:43 AM, Friday 28 September 2018
Challenge Closes: 07:00 AM, Sunday 14 October 2018
Time to go: Closed

 

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The context

Policy context:

The majority of transport emissions in the ACT are from private vehicle use. To achieve net zero emissions by 2045 it is therefore critical that we find zero emissions travel solutions. In light of the importance of reducing emissions from car travel, in April 2018 the ACT Government released its ‘Transition to net zero emissions vehicle action plan 2018-2021’.

Some key actions of this plan include:

  • transitioning to a zero emissions ACT Government passenger vehicle fleet from 2019-20;
  • requiring all new multi-unit and mixed use developments to install vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • permitting zero emissions vehicles to drive in transit lanes until 2023;
  • working with local and state governments to facilitate the installation of charging stations on major routes to and from Canberra including routes to Sydney and coastal areas;
  • conducting a feasibility assessment for the installation of covered car parks with solar-powered vehicle charging stations;
  • investigating incentives to encourage the use of electric bikes in place of cars; and
  • exploring the potential use of electric vehicle batteries to support the electricity grid at times of peak demand.

 

These actions build on existing programs and trials such as an electric bus trial which is currently underway, continued availability of discounted registration fees for electric vehicles and stamp duty exemption for new low emissions vehicles.

Following the release of the action plan, the ACT Government announced that 50 new electric vehicle charging stations would be installed at Government sites in 2018-19 to enable the transition to a zero emissions passenger vehicle fleet. In parallel, the ACT Government is developing principles to guide the assessment of future proposals to install electric vehicle charging stations, including identifying priority sites for installation.

Suggestions from this MindHive Challenge will inform the development of these principles.

 

 

 

Challenge Opened: 06:43 AM, Friday 28 September 2018
Challenge Closes: 07:00 AM, Sunday 14 October 2018
Time to go: Closed

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Thought Leader

Dan Hart Project Manager
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Glenda Caselli Manager (Corridor Management)
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Diane Gunton Director Business Services
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Lani Refiti Chief Executive Officer
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William Bell Research Associate
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Tanya Smith Principal
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Andrew Dalgliesh Manager
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Kate Neely Researcher, Research Translation
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Bill Wyatte Integrated Criminal Justice Governance and Program Manager
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Roy Barrett
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David Alexander
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Chloe Mortimer Accreditation and Curriculum Officer
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Naomi Szetu Director, Public Sector Innovation
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Raeph Cumming Director, SocioLogic Pty Ltd
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Adrian Salinas
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Elissa Doxey Strategy & Management Consultant
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Tim Thornley Retired
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Jane Delaney-John
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Jonathan O'Donnell Research Whisperer
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Richard Hames Executive Director
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Oscar Liviero
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Maryann Quagliata
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Steven Lau Senior Procurement Officer
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Thomas Trezise
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Guy Mayraz Lecturer
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Carola Jonas
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Peter Grimbeek Statistics & Methods Counsellor
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Maurice White
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mike o'hanlon
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Mark Hemmingsen
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Fuwen Yang Associate Professor
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Yash Varma Founder Spaarks
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Ben Sullivan
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