Equitable Access To Residential (EQUATOR) EV Charging


The primary objective of this research project is to define quantifiable metrics that make it possible to adequately represent accessibility of EV charging infrastructure and to internalize these metrics in decision-support procedures and tools that are used by utilities and authorities to determine electricity rates (tariffs) and additional incentives to promote investments in EV charging infrastructure.

Accordingly, the proposed research effort will be organized in two phases:

Phase I. Metrics: Define metrics for evaluating the accessibility of EV charging, including:

  • Affordability intends to characterize the cost of EV charging relative to the amount that the purchaser is able to pay
  • Environmental benefits will be defined in terms of the social cost of abated CO2 emissions, air quality benefits, and public health benefits
  • Quality of services seeks to measure the convenience of using EV charging stations

Additionally, to visualize the analyses using the proposed metrics, we will develop a web dashboard to convey key insights in a form conducive for decision-making with non-engineering backgrounds. This dashboard will display the proposed metrics overlayed with a map of NYC and use streaming data from NYC Open Data for continuous updates.

Phase II. Optimal Investments in EV Charging: Internalize the metrics developed in Phase I in decision-support tools for optimizing incentives and investments for public EV charging infrastructure. Using the metrics developed above, we will formulate a planning model to optimize the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure from the viewpoint of a benevolent urban planner (e.g. transportation authority or public service utility commission) that seeks to determine the most economic locations for prospective EV charging stations, while satisfying techno-economic constraints on the operation of the power and transportation systems and avoiding social imbalances across the city.

Research Objectives

Various tasks and deliverables involved in the successful completion of the proposed project will include the following:

  • Deliverable 1: Report on the application of the proposed metrics to NYC Open data
  • Deliverable 2: Web dashboard that continuously updates the developed metrics assessing based on the updated information in NYC Open Data and provides up-to-date information on the accessibility of EV charging infrastructure. This dashboard will be implemented in a similar manner to the ongoing project of PI Dvorkin on socio-economic characterization of power outages: http://outagesnyc.hosting.nyu.edu/about
  • Deliverable 3: Report on the quantified inefficiencies and injustices in the public EV charging sector and recommendations on how to direct budget-constraint investments to mitigate these inefficiencies and injustices

Upon the start of the project, we additionally plan to assemble an Advisory Board, which will include a representative from an NYC transportation authority and a Con Edison, which the PIs have successfully achieved for their current effort. We will also seek to engage a regulator or lawmaker to participate in the Advisory Board and will target representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation, and New York State Department of Public Service.


Yury Dvorkin

Assistant Professor, NYU

Yury Dvorkin is the Principal Investigator on this project.

Burcin Unel

Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU

Burcin Unel is a Co-Principal Investigator on this project.

Samrat Acharya

Researcher, NYU

Samrat Acharya is a Researcher on this project.

Hafiz Anwar Ullah Khan

Researcher, NYU

Hafiz Anwar Ullah Khan is a Researcher on this project.