Louisiana DC Fast Charging Corridor

    Purpose: To create a statewide master plan for a DC Fast Charging network along our interstate corridors that also meets the standards for the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors signage.

    On November 30, 2017, Louisiana submitted its proposal to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for alternative fuel corridors. The state submitted proposals for three fuels along specific sections of our interstate system. The only fuel that did not qualify for signage was charging for electric vehicles. Under the FHWA guidelines, DC Fast Chargers must be spaced a maximum of 50 miles apart, each within 5 miles of the interstate in order for the corridor to be eligible for signage. To jump start the development of an electric charging corridor along our interstate system, LCF proposes creating a DC Fast Charging Master Plan for the state of Louisiana.

    The Plan

    LCF has assembled a team of data experts, OEMs, EVSE experts, electric utilities and MPOs to begin work on a two-part plan. The first part of the Master Plan is to create the business case for potential DC Fast Charging sites that is backed up with comprehensive data which will aid in identifying the best locations for DC Fast Chargers along our interstates. LCF will collect highway data, economic data of the potential sites, and vehicle data from multiple sources along with existing infrastructure. The data will be used to conduct analyses and modeling that will reveal optimal DC Fast Charging sites in Louisiana. The second part of the Master Plan process is to conduct regional outreach meetings in the different planning commission / MPO territories across the state. Both LCF and LDEQ will host these round table meetings with area businesses, utilities, and elected officials in order to facilitate local acceptance and demand for EVSE charging infrastructure along their critical corridors.

    How to Contribute

    LCF recently launched a crowdsourcing website (see below) to gather input from electric vehicle owners and potential site hosts. This project allows these stakeholders the opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process on where to place DC Fast Chargers along Louisiana’s interstate corridors. 

    We are asking electric vehicle owners to think about their commute along the interstate where they normally stop for rest breaks and drop a “pin” where they know their car could benefit from a charging station. If someone has already nominated a site that they agree with, then participants can "like" that item and leave a comment about that location.

    Local business owners and government entities also have the opportunity to have their voices heard by nominating their location to be a potential site host for these proposed charging stations. Hosting a charging station can offer a wide range of benefits; not only would hosting a charging station support the environmentally-friendly use of alternative fuels, help to meet corporate emissions standards and goals, and increase property value, hosting will also serve to attract new customers who drive electric vehicles. These customers, drawn in by the charging stations, will visit more frequently and stay on property longer as their vehicles charge.

    Sponsorship

    Sponsors are being sought to fund the Louisiana Statewide DC Fast Charging Corridor Master Plan. All funds will go directly to paying for Phase 1 of the plan: acquisition of data sets and fees paid to LCF’s contractor for the modeling and analysis of potential sites along our interstate corridor. The completed plan will provide a business case for potential DC Fast Charging host sites.

    All sponsors will get access to the final plan for three months before the Master Plan is published and delivered to the State of Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, all sponsorship levels will be invited to participate in the Master Plan committee meetings, regional outreach meetings, and will receive recognition in all press releases and events related to promotion of and/or completion of the study.

    Sponsors are guaranteed 100% transparency and will have access to reports showing how much each contracted partner is paid and what
    they contributed to the plan. Sponsors will also have input regarding the use of any excess funds.

    Sponsorships for the Master Plan are available in 4 levels.

    More information is available upon request. Email [email protected]

     

    Terawatt: $50,000+

    • Top-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
    • Top-level membership with LCF for one year ($5,000 value)
    • Speaking opportunity and top-level sponsorship at the 2018 Fall Clean Fuel Leader Awards or the January 2019 Annual Stakeholder Meeting

    Gigawatt: $25,000 +

    • Secondary-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
    • Platinum-level membership with LCF for one year ($2,500 value)
    • Free lunch sponsorship of LCF event of your choice ($300 value)

    Megawatt: $10,000 +

    • Tertiary-level logo positioning on cover page of the study
    • Gold-level membership with LCF for one year ($1,000 value)

    Kilowatt: $5,000 +

    • Company name listed as a sponsor in the study
    • Silver-level membership in LCF for one year ($500 value)
    • Free exhibit space at an LCF event of your choice ($150 value)

    Thank you to our sponsors