The federal government approved Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, established and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
With the approval, states can access all fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 NEVI funding, totaling more than $1.5 billion. The funds will be allocated to build EV chargers covering 75,000 miles of highway.
The NEVI formula funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes $5 billion available over five years.
RVIA said the association recognizes a robust EV charging network is critical to continued access to outdoor spaces for Americans nationwide, including in rural locations, national and state parks and public and private campgrounds.
RVIA members were present at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s first Capitol summit on EVs and clean technologies.
“America led the original automotive revolution in the last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the president’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We have approved plans for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to help ensure that Americans in every part of the country – from the largest cities to the most rural communities—can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles.”
The transportation sector is the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, RVIA said. Transitioning America’s cars to EVs is an important pathway to achieving the president’s goal of reducing our emissions by 50%-52% below 2005 levels by 2030.
“Every single state, D.C. and Puerto Rico are working to leverage the investments from the president’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic electric vehicle charging across America,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said. “President (Joe) Biden is leading the shift to electrify transportation—ensuring drivers can commute and charge confidently and affordably and lessening our oversized reliance on fossil fuels while combatting climate change.”
BIL enables state departments of transportation to leverage technical assistance available through the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and begin staffing and activities directly related to the development of their plans before approval.
NEVI Formula funding can be used for projects directly related to vehicle charging, including:
- Upgrade of existing and construction of new EV charging infrastructure
- Operation and maintenance costs of these charging stations
- Installation of on-site electrical service equipment
- Community and stakeholder engagement
- Workforce development activities
- EV charging station signage
- Data sharing activities
- Related mapping analysis and activities
All 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.