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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program was created to provide funding to states to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. The purpose of these historic investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure will put the United States on a path to a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030 and ensure a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging experience for all users.
Subject to the minimum standards and requirements established by the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Secretary of Energy and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, the funds resulting from this apportionment are eligible to be obligated for:
- the acquisition or installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
- operating assistance for costs allocable to operating and maintaining electric vehicle charging infrastructure acquired or installed under this program, for a period not to exceed 5 years;
- the acquisition or installation of traffic control devices located in the right-of-way to provide directional information to electric vehicle charging infrastructure acquired, installed, or operated under this program;
- on-premises signs to provide information about electric vehicle charging infrastructure acquired, installed, or operated under this program;
- development phase activities relating to the acquisition or installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as determined by the Secretary; or
- mapping and analysis activities to evaluate, in an area in the United States designated by the eligible entity, the locations of current and future electric vehicle owners, to forecast commuting and travel patterns of electric vehicles and the quantity of electricity required to serve electric vehicle charging stations, to estimate the concentrations of electric vehicle charging stations to meet the needs of current and future electric vehicle drivers, to estimate future needs for electric vehicle charging stations to support the adoption and use of electric vehicles in shared mobility solutions, such as micro-transit and transportation network companies, and to develop an analytical model to allow a city, county, or other political subdivision of a State or a local agency to compare and evaluate different adoption and use scenarios for electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations.
History of Funding
Washington will identify investments in fast charging along the state's existing Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), beginning with interstate. The priority deployments will include completing the state's north/south and east/west interstates, I-5 and I-90, respectively, to the federally defined built out standards. Secondary priorities for investments include completing the I-82/I-182 and US 395 AFCs followed by US 101 and US 195 State funding of Direct Current fast chargers will supplement corridors that may not receive federal funding in the initial years of NEVI funding Through annual updates of the Washington State Plan for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment, the state will re-prioritize projects based on completed investments, as informed by the Mapping and Forecasting Tool, and as advised by the Inter agency EV Coordinating Council (IEVCC)
lans must be submitted to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) not later than August 1, 2022 and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will approve eligible Plans by September 30, 2022. States that submit plans before August 1, 2022 will be approved by FHWA on a rolling basis.
Funds will not be made available to a State for obligation until that State's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan has been submitted to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and approved by FHWA.
Federal requirements for state plans
- Minimum of four 150kW combo charging system direct current fast chargers per site.
- Site power capability no less than 600 kW.
- 50 miles between sites along designated alternative fuel corridors within one mile of the highway.
- Inter agency Electric Vehicle Coordinated Council.
In July 2022, WSDOT submitted the Washington State Plan for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
The FHWA will work with the Joint Office to review Plans and FHWA will notify Washington if their Plan is approved for implementation and obligation not later than September 30, 2022.
Washington will receive $71 million total over five years, including $10.5 million for the first year.
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