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Mass EV Charging At Reduced or Free Rates Near Bus Lines

With a large deployment of standard and rapid charge systems in DASH lots, we can encourage EV ownership among workers and visitors downtown

Photo of Brad Ysseldyke
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One of the most difficult parts of EV ownership is the availability of charging stations, particularly in areas where people want or need to be. A simple solution in my mind is a centrally located mass charging station on a popular DASH line. The EV charging should be offered at a low cost or free rate to encourage EV ownership and usage in downtown Grand Rapids. The charging stations should be a nice balance of both standard and DC Fast stations, in order to fill in for folks who are looking to make a quick stop, grab a bite, and continue their journey.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

I imagine that there will be two typical users for these charging stations: People who work downtown and need a charging solution that isn’t currently available to them near their place of employment. Perhaps they’ve just purchased a used EV, a reliable low-cost piece of transportation. It will allow them to better use their new vehicle. A secondary user may be traveling through Grand Rapids, and may be looking for a quick charge option near downtown dining or event spaces. Although they may not be in town long, their vehicles battery would be topped off, and they would be able to get to nearby large cities without having to worry about range anexiety.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

My team currently consists of myself. My name is Brad, and I’m a 31 year old, life-long resident of Grand Rapids. I’ve been a car nerd my entire life, and recently have taken great interest in EVs as their technology continues to grow. I’ve been considering the purchase of an EV for quite some time, but the limited availability of charging stations near places of interest and employment have continued to prevent that purchase.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would plan to reach out to large EV charging system suppliers such as Chargepoint to find out what kind of pricing they would expect on a few pilot charging systems. Finding out what kind of revenues they would expect in a small rollout would be a good way to see what the potential would be, and on a larger scale, what kind of revenues could be generated long term. Hopefully we would be able to find a partner in the City of Grand Rapids to deploy several pilot stations on or near a DASH line to hopefully entice users downtown.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

I would determine success as “frequent use,” and “modest revenues.” While that is difficult to specifically quantify, we would hope to have growth over time, and roll out more chargers as needed.

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Photo of Tom Bulten

Hi Brad: I'm glad that you submitted a proposal that highlights electric vehicle charging and "range anxiety". By locating chargers on DASH lines the proposal encourages drivers to park and ride this free downtown area shuttle to complete or extend their journey.