Inequitable access to EV charging infrastructure

Hafiz Anwar Ullah Khan, Sara Price, Charalampos Avraam, Yury Dvorkin

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Access to and affordability of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure are the two prominent barriers for EV adopttion. While major efforts are underway in the United States to roll-out public EV charging infrastructure, persistent social disparities in EV adoption call for interventions. In this paper, we analyze the existing EV charging infrastructure across New York City (NYC) to identify such socio-demographic and transportation features that correlate with the current distribution of EV charging stations. Our results demonstrate that population density is not correlated with the density of EV chargers, hindering New York's EV adoption and decarbonization goals. On the contrary, the distribution of EV charging stations is heavily skewed against low–income, Black–identifying, and disinvested neighborhoods in NYC, however, positively correlated to presence of highways in a zip code. The results underscore the need for policy frameworks that incorporate equity and justice in the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107096
JournalElectricity Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Correlation analysis
  • Electric vehicles charging infrastructure
  • Equity
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Business and International Management


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