US states finalize EV charging plans, as alternative fuel corridors take form
Plans for new federal electric car charging infrastructure are nearing completion between the federal government and states. As per Transport Topics, several states are working to submit their EV charging plans before the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program (NEVI) deadline of September 30 in order to receive funding.
In February, states were required to submit their funding proposals for the NEVI. The program, a component of the infrastructure law passed last year, was designed to distribute the majority of the $5 billion in formula funding set aside by the infrastructure law to construct a nationwide network of 500,000 charging stations. Additionally, the law allots 10% of that sum for the federal government to give grants to states to close funding gaps.
Virginia, Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, and Washington are some of the states that are attempting to access this funding. Each state is anticipated to receive a different amount of money, ranging from $54.1 million for Arkansas to $407 million for Texas.
States have mainly been left to create EV charging-infrastructure plans by themselves, but the federal government has provided some guidelines. It demands that every charging location supported by the infrastructure law have four 150-kw DC fast chargers, be less than a mile from highways, and be spaced 50 miles apart.
The sixth round of alternative fuel corridors was recently announced by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The Alternative Fuel Corridors program, which was established in 2015, honors sections of highway that have sufficient infrastructure to permit regular travel by alternative-fuel cars, including electric vehicles.
As per a DOT memo, routes in New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia are among the most recent Alternative Fuel Corridors. Every route has been certified as EV ready. The routes in Kansas and Wisconsin were also authorised for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) automobiles, and the latter was also appropriate for compressed natural gas (CNG) automobiles.
With its coast-to-coast fast-charging network, which was announced on Thursday, EVgo, General Motors, and Pilot are actively vying for market share in the private sector. Included in it will be 500 350 kw DC fast-charging stations, which will be installed at Pilot and Flying J travel centers.