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Electric vehicles are having their moment in the spotlight and it is only expected to intensify in the coming years as automakers increasingly commit to transitioning from gas-powered to electric vehicles. A related issue is for communities to house enough EV charging infrastructure so residents feel comfortable in their ability to power up. Where to install infrastructure requires some forethought to ensure it is distributed equitably and contributes to environmental justice rather than gentrification.
Last year, the city of Chicago enlisted consultants to analyze its existing EV infrastructure and make improvements, especially with EV charging station locations. Northwestern University masters students were among the commissioned groups that assisted with the project, while advancing their own knowledge and skills.