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With cities at the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) adoption worldwide, Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is giving municipal decision-makers a detailed blueprint for EV infrastructure planning in the new book Melting the ICE: Lessons from China and the West in the Transition from the Internal Combustion Engine to Electric Vehicles. It is clear in looking at why and how cities are driving EV demand that charging infrastructure is one of the most critical challenges for accelerating EV growth and decarbonizing transportation.
ISE’s research in Melting the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) lays out an actionable process to prepare for massive change in urban mobility—for the first time integrating a toolkit for analyzing a city’s EV deployment needs with a holistic appreciation of how charging infrastructure and usage is interdependent on the electricity grid and other city systems and policies.
“We’re often asked whether the electric grid can handle widespread EV car charging,” said Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and co-editor, Melting the ICE. “This book demonstrates that there are many other equally important tactical and regulatory challenges as cities scale their EV infrastructure—especially when oncoming changes from shared mobility and autonomous vehicles are factored in.”
“The electrification of passenger vehicles is a critical decarbonization pathway for urban centers like Boston leading on climate action,” said John Cleveland, Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission and co-author, Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities.
“As this timely book documents, this transformation will not happen unless drivers have access to a ubiquitous, convenient, affordable, and fast vehicle charging infrastructure—in much the same way as we can all so easily find a gas station today. The great contribution of Melting the ICE is that it takes this discussion from the theoretical to the practical, showing us what we need to do, with great examples from cities around the world. As cities negotiate the multiple complexities of this transformation—getting the right business models, increasing charging speeds, creating consumer convenience, pricing it right, regulating where needed, etc., Melting the ICE will be a much-needed implementation guide.”
The underlying analysis in Melting the ICE is grounded in real-world case studies from cities around the world leading EV adoption, including Los Angeles and Brookline, MA in the U.S., Shanghai and Beijing, China, and Oslo, Norway. All provide illustrative examples of how a range of major variables—specifically EV-related incentives, public transit, traveling distance, housing types, workplace charging, and air pollution—can influence each city’s different EV infrastructure demands. Melting the ICEsynthesizes these factors, using a practical, highly detailed framework that enables urban planners to measure and compare their city’s readiness to meet the demand for EV adoption and, in the process, prioritize solutions appropriate to that location.
At the same time, some key commonalities for successful city-level EV deployments also emerge in evaluating real-world models, including cities with a clear goal, long-range plan, administrative and organizational support, and efficient processes and execution. The book delves into each case study city to explore why, how, and what they are doing to support EVs and build up needed infrastructure.
“We all love the concept of electric vehicles, but the complexities of delivering the vision make us wonder if a book on the subject would be a fantasy or science fiction,” said Fiona Woolf, former Lord Mayor of the City of London, 2013-14. “Happily this book is full of practical detail and real-world experience of pioneering cities that bring the vision to life. It is a gripping read and, like a good novel, is full of great stories and ideas.”
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