EV Charging Stations 2023.

The U.S. Access-Board is publishing the new accessibility requirements (ADA) for all EV charging stations. NEVI (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure) is requiring a physical credit/PIN debit reader with tactile PIN entry as a payment option. The NPRM-EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) is expected to publish eta: Fall of 2023. 

This is for public charging stations that require payment to use. 

Problematic Accessible with EVCS.
EO 12866 Meetings.

ATBCB RIN: 3014-AA48 Publication ID: Fall 2022 NPRM expected eta: Fall 2023
Title: Accessibility Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. 

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are becoming commonplace with the rising production and use of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are nearly 50,000 public EV charging stations with almost 127,000 charging ports across the country. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law in November 2021, allocates $7.5 billion to construct a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations to accelerate the adoption of EVs.

It is expected that the installation and use of EV charging stations will continue to expand; however, at present, there are no federal regulations specifying accessibility requirements for EV charging stations to ensure that they are accessible to and useable by persons with disabilities. 

The Access Board thus intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to supplement its Accessibility Guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) with scoping and technical requirements for electric vehicle charging stations.


Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB) 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda – Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 1191
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq. 42 U.S.C. 4151 et seq.

EVCS (payments).
Tactically Discernible
Transaction Accessible.

As the new EV Charging NPRM approaches (eta: Fall 2023) it is far better to get planning ahead than rather deal with retrofitting after the fact. To explain the (Tactically discernible) requirement already imposed in the U.S. and DOT accessibility guidance and design guidelines, the scoping details will be in the NPRM publishing. It seems most EVCS’ are a tap-to-pay with an 800-Dial-to-pay which was clearly never going to be the only way. So it is likely a lot of retrofitting will have to happen and rightfully so. 

Tactically discernible: Deals with limited reach and strength and keep in mind, from a wheelchair POV, screen glare will happen. ADA Visual accommodations are key. 11B-707.9.1.1 Tactically discernible numerical keypad.  

This is not Tap Only but would require to accessible POS card and PIN reader to accept Tap to pay. The operable parts are within reach and range and strongly recommended to also for hand-held use via ADA 309 Operable U-Shape Pull handle that works with ADA 309.4 operations combined with a special release feature: Dismount (D2P). 

A tactically discernible numerical keypad similar to a telephone keypad containing a raised dot with a dot base diameter between 1.5 mm and 1.6 mm and a height between 0.6 mm and 0.9 mm on the number 5 key that enables a visually impaired person to enter his or her own personal identification number or any other personal information necessary to process the transaction in a manner that provides the opportunity for the same degree of privacy input and output available to all individuals.

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