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The effect of fast charger placement on traffic flow

Bakker, Sander (2023) The effect of fast charger placement on traffic flow. Research Project, Industrial Engineering and Management.


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The market of electric vehicles is expected to grow as a result of governmental incentives to combat climate change. Previous research has established the need for electric vehicle charging stations to accommodate electric vehicle market growth. Other research looked into ways to optimise cost of construction and operation as a result of charging station placement and some consider the effects on the power grid. However, no study has considered the effect that placement of these charging stations, and in particular direct current fast chargers, has on traffic. This research makes use of an agent based model and OpenStreetMap to simulate and study the effect of charging trips as a result of fast charger placement. A case study from the city of Berkeley shows that for different placement policies, vehicles which update their route choice experience an increase in travel time close to the charger locations, i.e. on city blocks that connect to the intersection that provides access to the charger. Vehicles that do not update their route choice experience additional delays when merging onto the high capacity, arterial, roads along their shortest path to the fast chargers.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Project)
Supervisor name: Jayawardhana, B. and Cherukuri, A.K.
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Research Project
Language: English
Date Deposited: 19 May 2023 14:37
Last Modified: 19 May 2023 14:37

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