Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Project Center

Nantucket, Massachusetts


Given the growing interest in electric vehicles (EV's) and the possible role they might play in a 'smart' electric grid, the Town of Nantucket asked us to examine the desirability of encouraging EV's on the Island. Accordingly, we surveyed residents, interviewed key stakeholders, and assessed the costs and benefits of EV's on Nantucket. We conclude: there is significant public interest in EV's; the potential for adopting municipal EV's is limited; the Nissan Leaf is the most viable EV at present; and, the present grid can accommodate the increased electricity demand from charging EV's. We recommend the Town adopt three EV's and consider installing public charging stations at the airport, Wannacomet Water Company, and the proposed Wilkes Square garage.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs