Current Work

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Synthesis Partners is honored to be executing current VTO-sponsored research work on soft costs (i.e., costs associated with permitting, planning, compliance, insurance, regulations, environmental management, ease- and cost of maintenance and other station development issues) in AC Level 2 and DC Fast Charging stations in NA. This work follows-up on last years’ deep dive with expert sources on gaps in the North American (NA) supply chain for Li-ion batteries. We are now performing a deep-dive gap assessment regarding the following types of questions:

  • How to rank key elements of soft costs of AC Level 2 and DC Fast charging stations?
  • What concrete, practical strategies are known that can reduce EV charging station soft costs (e.g., planning, permitting, financing, grid connectivity, compliance)?
  • Which recommendations from sources are already (or can be) quantified: e.g., Is there a particular cost reduction, and over what time period will it be most significant?
  • What do expert sources with implementation experience suggest with regard to how DOE can help address the integrated hardware and software elements that contribute to EVSE charging station costs?

When further research is completed, more specifics will be forthcoming. For more information on the current status, or if you have information that you would like to share, please reach out to us on the Contact Us tab. Thank you!