The Fuels Institute Electric Vehicle Council will answer stakeholder questions, eliminate confusion and provide guidance for success relative to the installation and operation of retail electric vehicle charging stations through stakeholder collaboration, objective research and market education.
The ability of the Council to provide valuable resources to the market will be enhanced through the participation of a broad diversity of stakeholders with interest in the infrastructure to support drivers of electric vehicles (EVs). This may include but is not limited to EV manufacturers, EV charging network providers, EV charging equipment manufacturers, electric utilities, retailers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others.
The Fuels Institute recognizes there are a significant number of organizations actively engaged in supporting the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. The EV Council therefore will seek to coordinate efforts with these organizations to support distribution of their research and education materials to a broad diversity of stakeholders, to amplify the information they have accumulated to enhance its value to the market and to initiate original research and education projects to fill in gaps in knowledge and to further educate interested stakeholders concerning the opportunities, challenges and successful strategies associated with the installation and operation of EV charging stations.
The exact initiatives to be pursued by the Council will be determined by the Council itself. However, preliminary evaluation of market needs, culminating with a focus group of 40 stakeholders, has identified the following priorities that will be initiated by the Council:
These are initial priorities for the EV Council, but other projects will be initiated with the direction of the Council members. Among these, it is anticipated the Fuels Institute will seek to update dated research and analysis, to provide unique educational events to further the knowledge and familiarity of the EV charging market and convene stakeholders to foster collaboration and valuable exchange of information.
The structure for participation is designed to promote engagement across stakeholder communities while providing the Fuels Institute with the resources necessary to pursue the mission of the Council. In addition to Council dues, EV Council operations will be supplemented by external funding for specific projects. Membership in the EV Council will be set up in two categories:
*Gold Contributors to the Fuels Institute can become voting members for a discounted rate of $5,000