Biden-Harris Admin approves first 35 state plans to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure on 53,000 miles of highway

The Biden-Harris administration announced today that more than two-thirds of state, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure deployment plans have been approved ahead of schedule as part of of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program, established and funded by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. With this early approval, these states can now unlock more than $900 million in NEVI formula funding from FY22 and FY23 to help build EV chargers on approximately 53,000 miles of highway across the country. NEVI Formula funding under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which makes $5 billion available over five years, will help build a convenient, reliable and affordable electric vehicle charging network across the country. Faster adoption of electric vehicles is a critical part of the country’s climate goals, as transportation currently accounts for more than a quarter of all emissions. Approved plans are available on the FHWA website and funding tables for the full five years of the NEVI Formula program can be viewed here.

“Today, with funding from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are taking an important step to build a nationwide electric vehicle charging network where finding a charge is as easy as locating a gas station,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With the first round of approvals we’re announcing today, 35 states across the country – with Democratic and Republican governors – will move forward to use these funds to install EV chargers at regular, reliable intervals. along their highways.”

“Making electric vehicle charging available to all Americans is essential to achieving a transportation sector that improves our environment and reduces our dependence on oil and gas,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. . “This first group of 35 state, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico plans now has the go-ahead to build its elements of the National Charging Network to ensure drivers can spend less on transportation costs while staying safe. moving with confidence while charging on the go. ”

Prior to today’s approval, state departments of transportation (DOTs) were able to begin staffing and activities directly related to the development of their plans. After plan approval, states can be reimbursed for these costs and now have a wide range of options to use their NEVI formula funding for projects directly related to vehicle charging, which could include the upgrading of existing charging infrastructure and the construction of new charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, the costs of operating and maintaining these charging stations, the installation of electrical service equipment on site, community and stakeholder engagement, workforce development activities, electric vehicle charging station signage, data sharing activities, and related analysis and mapping activities. Proposed standards for electric vehicle charging require electricians working on the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to be certified through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program, a training program not-for-profit recognized by the industry.

“Thanks to the commitment of state leaders who have worked hard to develop electric vehicle charging networks that work for their residents, we were able to approve these state charging plans quickly and ahead of schedule,” said said Stephanie Pollack, acting federal highway administrator. “We are reviewing the remaining plans and are on track to complete the process by our target date of September 30, if not sooner. Our joint work to bring President Biden’s vision of a national electric vehicle grid to communities across America is too important to wait.

The following 35 plans submitted by the states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are the first group to have NEVI EV infrastructure deployment plans approved by the USDOT:

The NEVI Formula program is just one type of funding available to advance the future of our electric vehicles under President Biden’s economic agenda. Additional funding sources include:

  • The Inflation Reduction Act, that will reduce the list price of electric vehicles, providing Americans with tax credits for the purchase of new and used electric vehicles, as well as making an additional $3 billion available to help support access to electric vehicle charging for economically disadvantaged communities through the Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program.
  • The CHIPS and scientific law, which will strengthen American leadership in semiconductors, providing $52.7 billion for research, development, manufacturing and the development of the American semiconductor workforce. This includes $39 billion in manufacturing incentives, including $2 billion for legacy chips used in automobiles.
  • ten percent of the NEVI formula program which is set aside each fiscal year for the Secretary of Transportation to fill gaps in the national grid through discretionary grants.
  • The $2.5 Billion Discretionary Grant Program for charging and refueling infrastructure, which will ensure that the deployment of the charger meets the priorities of the Biden-Harris administration, including equity commitments to increase access to electric vehicle charging in rural, underserved and overloaded communities.
  • The cumulative $7 billion in funding to support an end-to-end national supply chain for domestic electric vehicle battery manufacturing available from the Department of Energy. The Federal Highway Administration has reviewed the state’s EV infrastructure deployment plans in close coordination with the Joint Energy and Transportation Bureau and is working to approve all plans as quickly as possible. The remaining plans will continue to be reviewed as plan approvals are finalized. When a plan is approved, state DOTs will be able to access funding to expand their electric vehicle charging infrastructure through the use of NEVI Formula program funds.

The FHWA is also working on related efforts to establish ground rules for how NEVI formula funds can be spent. FHWA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the NEVI Formula program and expects to quickly finalize these regulations now that the comment period has closed. The FHWA has also proposed a Buy America waiver that will allow a short ramp-up period for domestic manufacturing of electric vehicle charging; the comment period for the waiver proposal is open until September 30, 2022.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will continue to provide direct technical assistance and support to states as plans are reviewed and approved, and throughout the life of the plan. life of the NEVI formula program. For more information on the NEVI Formula program, please visit FHWA’s NEVI website and DriveElectric.gov. For more information on President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) and electric vehicle investments, please visit FHWA’s BIL website.

Courtesy of EERE News.

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