September 21, 2023

EMPOWERED Solutions: Planning for the Equitable and Safe Deployment of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure

Learn about resources available to inform decision-makers in every aspect of EV and EV infrastructure planning, implementation, and enforcement processes.

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Electric vehicles are here and (millions) more are on the way. Ambitious EV adoption goals from local, state, and federal governments need reliable and equitable charging infrastructure. There are resources available to inform decision-makers in every aspect of the planning, implementation, and enforcement processes. However, we can all use help finding the most appropriate resources, identifying what parts of the resources are applicable to our given stage in the process, and identifying where to turn when we hit a roadblock.

Topics include:

  • Examples of the practices of leading municipalities to make the local approval process for siting and installation of charging infrastructure clear, predictable, and equitable
  • The first-hand experience of a City Council member who shepherded through an EV charging ordinance
  • The challenges and successes of creating an EV adoption road map


  • Karen Apple, Electric Vehicle Program Manager, City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability (Presentation begins at 10:22:00)
  • Syed Abbas, Director of Education, Slipstream Inc. and former alder and President of the Common Council of Madison, Wisconsin (Presentation begins at 29:00:00)
  • Ed Gilliland, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) (Presentation begins at 43:09:00)


  1. Interstate Renewable Energy Council Slides
  2. Karen Apple Slides
  3. Syed Abbas Slides
  4. Ed Gilliland Slides

Additional resources:

  1. Planning and Zoning for Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment (Guidance Document)
  2. EV Charger Planning Zoning Promotional Materials
  3. City of Phoenix- Roadmap to Prepare for Electric Vehicles  (Roadmap Plan)
  4. Summary of Madison ordinance addressing charging stations and charging facilities for electric cars (City Ordinance)
  5. Community Engagement Tips for EV Infrastructure (Help Tool)
  6. Electric Vehicle Charging for Building Owners (Short Course)
  7. National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program– Fiscal Year 2024 EV Infrastructure Deployment Plans

Equity related resources:

  1. Electric Vehicle Charging Equity Considerations | Argonne National Laboratory (
  2. U.S. Department of Transportation Justice 40 Initiative
  3. Charging-Toward-Justice-July-2023.pdf (
  4. Forth Mobility- Advancing Clean and Equitable Transportation
  5. Electric Vehicles & Rural Transportation

Permitting & inspection resources:

  1. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Permitting & Inspection Guidelines: for single family, multi family, and office buildings
  2. 2021 Electric Vehicles and Building Codes: A Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Technical related resources:

  1. Paving the Way: Emerging Best Practices for Electric Vehicle Charger Interconnection
  2. The 2030 National Charging Network: Estimating U.S. Light-Duty Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (
  3. EV Charging Infrastructure Blueprint
  4. Alternative Fuels Data Center
  5. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

This material was developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Award Number DE-EE0009455 (“EMPOWERED”). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.