Plugged In: The Last Mile Who will build out and pay for electric vehicle public charging infrastructure?

Charging Ahead concluded that the utility infrastructure was prepared to meet the President’s challenge.
Deloitte’s 2012 report, Charging Ahead: The Last Mile — Is the U.S. electric infrastructure ready to support
one million electric vehicles? (Charging Ahead), laid out the Obama Administration’s initial goal of one million
electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads by 2015, which corresponded with automakers’ launch of new Plug-in
Electric Vehicles (PEVs)1 across the country. Based on a Deloitte survey and interviews with electric utility
executives and other industry representatives, the report concluded that the utility infrastructure was prepared to
meet the President’s challenge.

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Study methodology

The study consisted of primary interviews as well as an online survey targeted at utilities regarding their preparations for electric vehicles. More than 70 entities, including utilities, retail businesses, electric vehicle equipment suppliers, state and local government agencies, and trade associations participated in the overall study. The study was supplemented with secondary research, including academic studies and publications.

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