Public Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Evaluation and Deployment

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) must review and analyze EV charging station operation problems and challenges at service plazas located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, in commuter rail station parking lots, and in subway station parking lots that occurred between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The analysis must include:

  • A record of charging station service outages by location;
  • Maintenance and repair service records;
  • Software or hardware malfunctions that contributed to excessive equipment downtime;
  • Recommendations to address EV charging station malfunctions and minimize downtime; and,
  • Recommendations for effective future deployment of EV charging infrastructure.

The analysis must be complete by February 7, 2023. Additionally, by July 1, 2023, MassDOT, MBTA, and regional transit authorities must establish provisions for the installation and maintenance of public EV charging stations at the following locations:

  • All service plazas located on the Massachusetts Turnpike;
  • A minimum of five commuter rail station parking lots;
  • A minimum of five subway station parking lots; and,
  • A minimum of one ferry terminal parking lot.

(Reference House Bill 5060, 2022)