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Mapping electric vehicle charging points using geospatial data

Geospatial data can help identify sites for electric vehicle charging points, in the effort to improve air quality and reduce emissions.

In a future where vehicles are fully or partially electric, all vehicle users will require adequate access to charge points. Electric vehicles help increase air quality and reduce emissions but there's a shortage of charging points.

Geospatial data can be used to identify accessible locations where electric charging points for electric vehicles can be installed.

Demand for charging points will grow in residential areas, on motorways, in car parks, for city hotspots and remote communities. Electric fleets also require large-scale charging facilities.

Provision for this requires considered mapping, integrating location with access to the grid.

Electric vehicle charging
Electric vehicle charging point

Case study: Department for Transport identifies properties that can accommodate electric vehicle charging points

The Department for Transport, in conjunction with the University of Exeter, undertook a study to estimate the proportion of properties in a test area that can accommodate private electric vehicle charge points powered via the household electricity supply. This study used our addressing geospatial data combined with other datasets. They developed an algorithm which could be used to classify residential dwellings as potential locations for private charge points. Learn more about this electric vehicle case study.

Sustainable innovation hackathon

In October 2021, developers, data scientists, storytellers, and designers took part in our virtual hackathon. We explored how geospatial data can drive sustainable innovation, which included how we meet the demand for electric vehicle charging points and how we can build the infrastructure in cities and remote areas.

Electric vehicle charging point
Electric vehicle charging point

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