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Visualize Electric Vehicle Growth in California

Posted by Ty van den Akker on May 31, 2013

Interactive Map of Clean VehiclesCongratulations to our friends over at California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) on launching the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) Interactive Rebate Map.  The tool makes tracking plug-in electric vehicle adoption trends in California easier, showing the distribution of more than 20,000 cars rebated by the CVRP.

CCSE administers the CVRP for the California Air Resources Board.  CCSE worked with Critigen to create an online map that would help policymakers, utilities, the auto industry and stakeholders involved in infrastructure planning to support the burgeoning PEV market. The online map offers region-specific PEV adoption rates based on the number of CVRP incentives paid in the area. It has the capability to filter rebate numbers by utility service territory, county, air district or ZIP code and show the type of PEV purchased. The results can be printed on scales ranging from neighborhoods to the entire state.

With California setting records in PEV sales, the CVRP Interactive Rebate Map had special requirements to ensure its maintainability.  First, the system needed to handle the addition of more than 2,300 new rebates per month.  Those volumes are easily handled by ArcGIS, but the app needed to be written to scale gracefully as rebate counts continue to grow.  This included automated import capabilities that make quick work of weekly updates, and a sophisticated symbolization and dynamic legend creation technique.  The map also provides fast, seamless switching of views for different users; rebates can be viewed by utility boundary, air district, county or ZIP code.  Any user can also create a custom PDF report of the current map view with the map’s ‘Print’ feature.

CCSE and Critigen have worked closely together on the implementation of ArcGIS for Server technology at CCSE and developing applications for both public use and for internal tracking and sharing of data.  These tools are an excellent showcase of Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, leveraging ArcGIS for Server, the ArcGIS API for Flex and other ArcGIS Platform components to integrate GIS data to multiple enterprise data sources in ways not possible with consumer-grade mapping.


Author Info

Ty van den Akker, Director, AEC Industry Solutions
Ty van den Akker
Director, AEC Industry Solutions

Mr. van den Akker leads the US AEC solutions team, providing technology solutions to AECs serving all industries. He brings 15 years of experience in the mapping and information technology industry across consulting services, cloud IT , and software product companies.