DOE looking into malls as e-vehicle charging stations

DOE looking into malls as e-vehicle charging stations

The Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday said they are considering using malls and other establishments as charging areas for electric vehicles (e-vehicles).

An Ad-Hoc Technical Working Group (TWG) has been created to look into the viability of charging stations, assess protocols and standards to evaluate safe operations, and determine policies and supporting legal basis.

They are also tasked to determine the viability of gasoline stations as charging areas.

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“The Technical Team must make recommendations on the advancement of e-vehicle charging stations and related infrastructure, such as other viable options for locations like malls and other establishments,” DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Cusi said one of the major considerations in building these charging stations are safety and accessibility.

“I have to stress that this venture should be in compliance with existing environmental, safety and other relevant rules and regulations,” he added.

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