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Dallas is behind on EV charging stations. Here’s the plan catch up

The fear of driving all day in your electric car because you are convinced your battery will run out is real and has a name. It’s called “range anxiety,” and Dallas, unfortunately, is a good place to feel that way. The city is way behind other major metropolitan areas in EV charging station infrastructure.

However, city officials have a plan for a major turnaround in the next few years, and there is good momentum thanks to several sources of federal funding.

We support this ambitious plan, but the City Council has to do its part and move fast, as the city will have to look at zoning, codes and parking ordinances in order to have the readiness that matches the growth in the EV fleet in the region.

Right, now, there are over 7,000 EVs in Dallas, according to city officials. These numbers have grown by about half since 2015.

According to a plan outlined in a recent city memo, implementing public-facing EV charging stations will also help the city target its emission-reducing goals and is part of the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan adopted in May 2020.

Currently, Dallas’ charging infrastructure amounts to less than 40% of the capacity necessary to meet public demand. There are 1,867 public EV charging stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 379 of which are free, reports plugshare.com

CECAP includes a target of increasing the number of publicly available electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Dallas, with 1,500 new EV charging stations by 2030.

“We are on track to meet and exceed that target,” said Pharr Andrews, senior climate coordinator for the city of Dallas.

The city will lead this effort starting with EV charging stations in its own municipal facilities like libraries and recreation centers. The Dallas Zoo, Love Field and City Hall already have them.

Right now, 80% of EV owners charge their EVs at home, but most Dallas residents live in apartment complexes, and as these vehicles become more available and cheaper, everyone else will need access.

We value that this plan has built-in equity that includes partnerships with apartment complexes. And city officials are already providing education and information on available grants. Yes, southern Dallas is part of this effort as well.

Pharr mentioned that the city will also need to partner with “the H-E-Bs, Walmarts and 7-Elevens” to help build this infrastructure all over the region.

At the state level, the Texas Department of Transportation will have $408 million over the next five years to deploy EV charging infrastructure, with a goal of providing at least one station every 50 miles in major corridors.

Carlos Evans, director of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, acknowledged the city is playing catch-up. But Dallas has a good opportunity to leap forward into an electric future, and hopefully, “range anxiety” will become a non-issue.

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