Building out enough charging infrastructure to meet the expected increase in electric vehicles takes a village.
One key part of that village? Cities.
Cities and municipality-affiliated utilities across the U.S. play a role in complementing infrastructure progress made at the state and regional level, one project site at a time.
While federal, state and regional programs often have access to greater sources of funding, certain city-specific charging problems require city-centered solutions, said Jacob Orenberg, capital projects coordinator at Seattle City Light, a public utility company in Washington.
"There are some barriers to electrification that really only the city can address," Orenberg said.