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Energies 2014, 7(3), 1207-1229;

Planning Minimum Interurban Fast Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles: Methodology and Application to Spain

Industrial Engineering Higher Technical School, Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), Juan del Rosal St., 12, Madrid 28040, Spain
Power Systems Division, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), San Romualdo 13, Madrid 28035, Spain
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Received: 25 December 2013 / Revised: 2 February 2014 / Accepted: 8 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Hybrid Vehicles)
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The goal of the research is to assess the minimum requirement of fast charging infrastructure to allow country-wide interurban electric vehicle (EV) mobility. Charging times comparable to fueling times in conventional internal combustion vehicles are nowadays feasible, given the current availability of fast charging technologies. The main contribution of this paper is the analysis of the planning method and the investment requirements for the necessary infrastructure, including the definition of the Maximum Distance between Fast Charge (MDFC) and the Basic Highway Charging Infrastructure (BHCI) concepts. According to the calculations, distance between stations will be region-dependent, influenced primarily by weather conditions. The study considers that the initial investment should be sufficient to promote the EV adoption, proposing an initial state-financed public infrastructure and, once the adoption rate for EVs increases, additional infrastructure will be likely developed through private investment. The Spanish network of state highways is used as a case study to demonstrate the methodology and calculate the investment required. Further, the results are discussed and quantitatively compared to other incentives and policies supporting EV technology adoption in the light-vehicle sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle (EV); charging infrastructure; fast charging electric vehicle (EV); charging infrastructure; fast charging
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Colmenar-Santos, A.; de Palacio, C.; Borge-Diez, D.; Monzón-Alejandro, O. Planning Minimum Interurban Fast Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles: Methodology and Application to Spain. Energies 2014, 7, 1207-1229.

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