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Integrated Multi-Criteria Model for Long-Term Placement of Electric Vehicle Chargers

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submitted on 2023-08-30, 11:31 and posted on 2023-09-21, 12:18 authored by Heba M. Abdullah, Adel Gastli, Lazhar Ben-Brahim, Semira O. Mohammed

Based on the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets, governments all over the world are speeding up the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). However, one of the key challenges in designing the novel EV system is to forecast the accurate time for the replacement of conventional vehicles and optimization of charging vehicles. Designing the charging infrastructure for EVs has many impacts such as stress on the power network, increase in traffic flow, and change in driving behaviors. Therefore, the optimal placement of charging stations is one of the most important issues to address to increase the use of electric vehicles. In this regard, the purpose of this study is to present an optimization method for choosing optimal locations for electric car charging stations for Campus charging over long-term planning. The charger placement problem is formulated as a complex Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) which combines spatial analysis techniques, power network load flow, traffic flow models, and constrained procedures. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) approach is used to determine the optimal weights of the criteria, while the mean is used to determine the distinct weights for each criterion using the AHP in terms of accessibility, environmental effect, power network indices, and traffic flow impacts. To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method, it is applied to a real case study of Qatar University with collected certain attributes data and relevant decision makers as the inputs to the linguistic assessments and MCDM model. The Ranking of the optimal locations is done by aggregating four techniques: Simple Additive Weighting Method (SAW, Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), Grey Relational Analysis (GRA), and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluations (PROMETHEE-II). A long-term impact analysis is a secondary output of this study that allows decision-makers to evaluate their policy impacts. The findings demonstrate that the proposed framework can locate optimal charging station sites. These findings could also help administrators and policymakers make effective choices for future planning and strategy.

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Published in: IEEE Access
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  • 2022

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Engineering - QU
  • Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center - CENG