According to a release from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), an initial wave of 26 states is leading efforts to build new convenient, reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging stations under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. NEVI is administered by the Federal Highway Administration and supported by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and invests $5 billion to deploy fast chargers along more than 79,000 miles of designated alternative fuel corridors. Already, seven states have issued conditional awards for new NEVI stations amounting to $101.5 million, two states have agreements in place, and 17 states are soliciting proposals for new stations. On Oct. 18, 2023, Ohio was the first state in the nation to break ground for NEVI station that will be located west of Columbus. States are rolling out this national system with increasing speed.
Below you will find summary of the seven public conditional NEVI award details.
On July 11, 2023, Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced awards for its initial round of FY 22 NEVI funding to procure eight charging stations across two sites. HDOT utilized an existing contract with Sustainability Partners, a public benefit company mandated to form reliable and enduring partnerships with public institutions for the advancement of their critical infrastructure. Hawaii will have an estimated $17.7 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On July 13, 2023, Ohio DOT (ODOT) awarded more than $18 million in conditional NEVI funds for 27 electric vehicle fast charging stations along seven of Ohio’s interstate corridors, including I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-76, I-77, and I-90. ODOT has mentioned that they intend to issue the second request for proposals to install an additional 16 charging stations along Ohio’s major U.S. and state routes. Ohio will have an estimated $140.1 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On Aug. 1, 2023, Recharge Maine, the state's initiative to develop a statewide network of public, high-speed EV chargers, announced more than $6 million in conditional NEVI awards at seven station locations. Through a separate competitive solicitation to deploy funds from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan (MJRP), Recharge Maine simultaneously announced awards to an additional five sites. Maine will have an estimated $19.3 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On Aug. 3, 2023, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announced $17 million in grant awards through its Direct-Current Fast-Charging (DCFC) Plazas program. With funding from the NEVI Program and the state’s Community Access Enterprise, these grants will expand Colorado’s existing network of 871 fast-chargers by more than 20%, adding 188 publicly accessible chargers. Funding for the NEVI program comes to CEO from the federal government through the Colorado Department of Transportation. Colorado will have an estimated $56.5 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On Aug. 14, 2023, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the first round of conditional awards for NEVI funding and amended on Sept. 21 to include 57 selected projects in 38 counties to expand access to and reliability of electric vehicle charging in Pennsylvania. The 57 projects conditionally awarded amount to a total federal investment of $35.8 million the first round of NEVI funding. Pennsylvania will have an estimated $171.5 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On Sept. 24, 2023, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announced their first round of awards for NEVI funding. AEA and DOT&PF selected projects in nine Alaskan communities, conditionally awarding $6.4 million in first round NEVI funding matched with $1.6 million from private entities selected to install, own, and operate the new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Alaska will have an estimated $52.4 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
On Oct. 5, 2023, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced conditional awards for $10.9 million in funding under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. The funding will go toward the construction of 16 public charging stations along 11 Alternative Fuel Corridor groups by six qualified developers On Oct. 23, Kentucky announced an additional eight public charging stations will be implemented by five developers, conditionally awarding another $4.5 million in funding. Kentucky will have an estimated $69.5 million in total funding under the NEVI program.
The Joint Office provides technical assistance to states that are creating and executing plans under the NEVI Formula Program through one-on-one meetings, public webinars, and coordination on resource materials. Contact Joint Office technical assistance to learn more.