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 created the DC Fast Charging Master Plan for the state of Louisiana.

    The Plan

    LCF 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 created a 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 utilized highway data and vehicle data from multiple sources along with existing infrastructure. The data was used to conduct analyses and modeling that revealed 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 in order to assist potential site hosts with finding funding for and installing chargers. 

    LCF also launched a crowdsourcing website (see below) to gather input from electric vehicle owners and potential site hosts. This project allowed 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 asked 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 had already nominated a site that they agree with, then participants could "like" that item and leave a comment about that location.

    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.

    The Results

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    Potential Site Analysis Overview

    I-10 / I-12 Site Analysis Overview

    I-20 Site Analysis Overview

    I-49 Site Analysis Overview

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