APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
GOAL: Leverage the City's location in the midst of an affluent, highly populated region with large numbers of drivers that pass through the City each day on their way to or from work, school, shopping, mass transit hubs and entertainment venues.
APPROACH: HDR will work with the City of White Plains, New York; The New York Power Authority, Metro North Commuter Railroad/MTA, The Electric Drive Trade Association, Johnson Controls, Inc., as well as major data and real estate management, automobile manufacturing companies and others to form public-private-partnerships that will build on the City's long-term EV track record to accelerate acceptance of electric vehicles across a highly populated region.
METHODOLOGY: The partnership will work to: attract and/or supply the financial and technological resources needed to install charging facilities equipped with solar PV to offset charging related energy demand; secure agreements from building and property owners/managers to install the stations; create a program for installing home charging stations; furnish a diverse fleet of electric vehicles for sale or multi-year leasing; provide vehicle maintenance; secure transit discounts for vehicle users commuting to NYC; create parking/charging stations across the City in locations where people typically drive. The team expects to work IBM Global Business Services City in Motion (Smarter Transportation), CISO EcoMapping and other tools to predict usage patterns that enable system mapping and management to enhance the effectiveness of the program.
Information gained from this activity will be incorporated into planning and city management software to help to systematize EV implementation for similar programs across the nation.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Formation of the collaborative public-private-partnerships : June 2011
Identification of vehicles to participate in targeted marketing: October 2011
Determine utility business arrangements for charging and billing: October 2011
Determine transit interface and fare cooperation arrangements: November 2011
Reactivate energy at existing charging stations: November 2011
Identify new charging sites (commercial, campus, corporate, public building sites): December 2011
Beginning station installations (charging and PV offset generation units): February 2012
Initiate promotional program and begin targeted leasing: April 2012
Activate charging stations and vehicle tracking: April 2012
Beginning system performance measurement and monitoring: April 2012
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Seeking partners to participate in the pilot investments in implementation efforts, equipment, expertise, etc.
Our CTA would have benefited from funding for early planning and implementation assistance. As this work is completed we will be better positioned to leverage the resources of our partners who can make specific contributions and investments once the City's vision and plans are clearly defined.