The Ray & Geotab Support DOTs EV Infrastructure Planning & Financing


Fleet electrification analysis results from The Ray (“The Ray”) and Geotab Inc. (“Geotab”) herald data-driven analysis of truck movement patterns that can help guide State Departments of Transportation (DOT) planning and funding of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Transportation is responsible for 29% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States – the largest contributor of any sector to the US economy. Almost all automotive suppliers, including Hyundai, Kia, Ford, VW and General Motors, are launching net-zero vehicle models to help offset these emissions, with the public sector following suit.

State DOTs are developing plans for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at 50-mile intervals along the US interstate system. With 70% of all US freight transported by medium and heavy vehicles, which contribute nearly 24% of transportation GHGs, fleet electrification will have a significant impact on total GHG emissions. This is an essential component of the success of the country’s electrification strategy.

The Ray, using Geotab telematics, can help states and local governments determine the optimal locations and design of charging stations for passenger and freight vehicles. By observing actual truck movement data, The Ray can help determine where and what type of additional truck parking is needed for electrification.

Initial analysis was performed by The Ray and Geotab on two pilot corridors: a regional route along I-20 from Dallas, TX to Atlanta, GA, and a local route, from the Port of Savannah, GA to the Inner Port. of Atlanta, GEORGIA. Geotab has developed and provided data visualization tools, such as graphs and heatmaps, allowing The Ray to easily connect to analysis and leverage rich data insights along both corridors. The analysis demonstrated particularly different observed truck movement patterns for each of the two corridors. The regional route along I-20 revealed vehicles stopped at numerous inconsistent locations along the route, while the local route revealed vehicles stopped at a few distinct locations.

The data-driven approach and powerful tool behind it gives DOTs precise technical resources to plan electrification and a strategic network of electric vehicle charging stations. The recently passed bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Act will begin funding historic infrastructure investments to support advanced transportation, including $5 billion for electrification and $2.5 billion for alternative, low- or no-carbon fuels .

“Our cooperation and data analytics with The Ray will support the strategic positioning of the charging infrastructure to help achieve the greatest likelihood of success from day one of deployment, which in turn will help accelerate adoption. electric freight vehicles,” said Charlotte Argue, Senior Fleet Manager. electrification at Geotab. “By leveraging telematics and connected vehicle data to help identify and address freight vehicle infrastructure needs, states can be confident in their investment and ability to deliver efficient and convenient charging infrastructure. along the U.S. Interstate Highway.”

The strategic planning approach also gives states the ability to overlay Geotab data analysis with The Ray’s solar roadside GIS tool to identify optimal locations for roadside solar development. By using the tools together, state DOTs have the ability to connect demand for high-power electric vehicle charging stations with potential solar power generation on the right-of-way (ROW).

“The results from our pilot corridors underscore the need for data from additional corridors across the country to prepare states for success,” said Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray. “Geotab’s telematics technology, combined with The Ray’s solar mapping tool, will help transport planners get a head start in developing infrastructure how and where it’s needed most. , and determining which locations are optimal for co-locating EV charging and solar power in rows at roadsides.


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