City-Wide Strategic EV Charging Network Design: Demand-Supply Integration via Market Dynamics

Term Start:

September 1, 2023

Term End:

May 30, 2025




Demand and Supply, EVCS, Max Covering Location Problem, Sustainable Urban Mobility

Thrust Area(s):

Data Modeling and Analytic Tools, Equity and Understanding User Needs

University Lead:

Arizona State University


Xuesong Zhou; Michael Kuby

The transportation sector accounts for a massive portion of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, making the adoption of sustainable and low-emission alternatives crucial for mitigating climate change and improving air quality. Electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a promising solution, offering reduced emissions and lower operating costs compared to conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. As a result, many cities and regions around the world are transitioning towards incorporating EVs into their transportation systems. One of the critical challenges in promoting EV adoption is the availability and accessibility of a well-established charging infrastructure. An efficient and strategically located charging network is essential to alleviate range anxiety among EV users and encourage the widespread adoption of electric mobility. However, the deployment of EV charging stations requires careful planning and decision-making, considering factors such as demand distribution, traffic patterns, existing infrastructure, and accessibility for users. The Electric Vehicle Location Selection Problem (EVLSP) addresses the task of identifying optimal locations for installing EV charging stations to achieve maximum coverage, minimize the cost of infrastructure development, and enhance the convenience and accessibility for EV users. To tackle this complex problem, researchers have explored various algorithms and methodologies from operations research and optimization fields. In this project, we present a comprehensive study on the EVLSP with a specific focus on the city of Avondale, AZ. Avondale, like many other urban areas, faces challenges related to sustainable transportation and seeks to improve its urban mobility while reducing environmental impact. Our research aims to provide valuable insights into the strategic deployment of EV charging stations in Avondale, considering the city’s unique characteristics and transportation needs.

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