Supporting a New Paradigm in Transportation

The Montana Solar Powered Transportation Initiative supports small, rural communities in Montana and across the United States that are interested in increasing the electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in their communities and exploring the feasibility of using solar and battery storage to further reduce the emissions impact of the transportation sector. The Initiative is part of the Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN), which assembles diverse teams of stakeholders to research solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption.

Roadmap to Electrifying Transportation

Roadmap to Electrifying Transportation

This document is a step-by-step guide to help small and mid-sized urban communities effectively plan for investment in sustainable electrification of the transportation sector by providing options for deploying solar photovoltaic and/or battery energy storage in conjunction with electric vehicle charging equipment.

Explore Different Use Cases

The Initiative focused on four different options or "use cases" that communities can consider when looking to electrify their transportation sector. Additional information on each use case is provided in the Roadmap.

EV chargers in Whitefish
Light Duty Private Vehicles

Charging for light duty vehicles is targeted for privately owned electric vehicles and would include banks of charging stations made available at public locations like businesses, libraries, shopping centers, etc.

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Light Duty Fleet Vehicles
Light Duty Fleet Vehicles

Charging for fleets of vehicles involves banks of charging stations. This strategy targets municipalities or businesses who own many light duty electric vehicles and can locate charging stations at their offices.

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Mountain line bus stop
Public Transit, Depot Charging

Providing charging for public transportation at transit depots allows the buses to be charged predictably based on known schedules of when they will be at the depot.

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Public Transit, On-Route Charging
Public Transit, On-Route Charging

Providing charging for public transportation during on-route service may allow for interesting opportunities for continuous charging, but typically requires fast-charging infrastructure.

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Home

Section 1: Need for the project

Section 2: Description of the the project

Section 3: Call to action

Section 4: Upcoming events and notifications

Section 5: Fine print