Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure Needs

Reducing Emissions. Enhancing Sustainability.

It’s no secret that greenhouse gas emissions are a significant source of air pollution fueling the global climate change crisis. In response, we are experiencing a large-scale energy transformation and a clean energy revolution, and a clear progression toward renewable energy.

There is a noticeable acceleration in the integration of electric vehicles (EVs), which presents an opportunity to reduce emissions and enhance the sustainability of our communities. As demand for EVs intensifies, so too does the need for additional electric charging infrastructure.

Recent federal legislation designated a significant investment in public EV charging to create a convenient, equitable, and accessible network of chargers, helping Americans to reduce carbon emissions and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. The transition to EVs is a positive disruptor that will impact many aspects of mobility and the AEC industry overall.

As the transition evolves, VHB continues to have conversations and explore solutions around:

  • What is the anticipated timeline for our petroleum-dependent transportation system to become one based on electric power?
  • How can land-use changes accommodate new infrastructure needs? Can assets such as gas stations be repositioned to meet evolving demand?
  • How can new standards and policies enhance safety and efficiency of the growing active transportation market (e.g., e-bikes, e-scooters), especially within the urban core?
  • How and when will future charging mechanisms (e.g., inductive, wireless charging technology or charging robots) be used?

How Can VHB Help

VHB assists clients in developing innovative EV infrastructure solutions, guiding them through site identification, evaluation, and selection processes.

Our experience with major infrastructure projects, combined with strong transportation, state and local agency relationships, and deep regulatory understanding, gives us insight into the needs and challenges of implementing EV infrastructure. As private developers, utilities, institutions, and state and local governments begin to plan for EV transformation, VHB helps them consider where charging stations will have the most positive and equitable impact, and how to maximize land development to provide a safe and reliable driver experience.

Together, we can prioritize the creation of future-focused and equitable solutions to accelerate the transition to an electric transportation future.

Services & Capabilities to Advance EV Infrastructure Needs

  • Environmental Assessment

  • GIS/Geospatial Services

  • Land Development

  • Land Use Planning, Engineering & Analysis

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Permitting: Federal, State, Local

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Site/Civil Engineering

  • Site Evaluation/Selection Assistance

  • Site Planning

  • Stormwater Design & Engineering

  • Sustainability

  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

  • Transportation Planning & Engineering

  • Utilities Design & Coordination

  • Zoning Analysis

EV infrastructure drives future-ready outcomes—Smart Communities will rely on EV charging stations to power connected and autonomous vehicles and further integrate data, technology, and innovation to improve sustainability and quality of life.

—Curt Ostrodka, Director of Smart Communities