US DOT allocates US$5B over five years under Biden administration's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program to build national electric vehicle charging network; program to help states create network along along interstate highway system

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WASHINGTON, D.C. , February 15, 2022 (press release) –

The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build out a national electric vehicle charging network, an important step towards making electric vehicle (EV) charging accessible to all Americans.

The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System. The total amount available to states in Fiscal Year 2022 under the NEVI Formula Program is $615 million. States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year.

“A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”

“We are modernizing America’s national highway system for drivers in cities large and small, towns and rural communities, to take advantage of the benefits of driving electric,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping states to make electric vehicle charging more accessible by building the necessary infrastructure for drivers across America to save money and go the distance, from coast-to-coast.”

Today’s news follows President Biden’s announcement earlier this week on EV manufacturing, and the White House Fact Sheet on actions taken to date to prepare for this historic EV investment.

To access these new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds – and to help ensure a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging experience for all users – each state is required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that describes how the state intends to use its share of NEVI Formula Program funds consistent with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance.

These plans are expected to build on Alternative Fuel Corridors that nearly every state has designated over the past six years of this program. These corridors will be the spine of the new national EV charging network. The Joint Office will play a key role in the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program by providing direct technical assistance and support to help states develop their plans before they are reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which administers the funding.

“Americans need to know that they can purchase an electric vehicle and find convenient charging stations when they are using Interstates and other major highways,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “The new EV formula program will provide states with the resources they need to provide their residents with reliable access to an EV charging station as they travel.”

The new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation also launched a new website this week at DriveElectric.gov. There, officials can find links to technical assistance, data and tools for states, and careers. To join the Joint Office and support a future where everyone can ride and drive electric, individuals are encouraged to apply to be an EV charging fellow.

As part of today’s announcement, FHWA released the NEVI Formula Program funding to states that will be available following approval of state plans for Fiscal Year 2022 in addition to the Program Guidance and a Request for Nominations for states to expand their existing Alternative Fuel Corridors. Here is state-by-state NEVI funding for Fiscal Years 2022-2026.

FY 2022 Funding*

FY 2022 Funding
State National
Electric Vehicle
Formula Program

Alabama

            11,738,801

Alaska

              7,758,240

Arizona

            11,320,762

Arkansas

              8,010,850

California

            56,789,406

Colorado

              8,368,277

Connecticut

              7,771,342

Delaware

              2,617,339

Dist. of Col.

              2,468,807

Florida

            29,315,442

Georgia

            19,978,342

Hawaii

              2,616,956

Idaho

              4,425,511

Illinois

            21,998,178

Indiana

            14,743,125

Iowa

              7,604,168

Kansas

              5,847,059

Kentucky

            10,280,470

Louisiana

            10,859,512

Maine

              2,856,158

Maryland

              9,298,080

Massachusetts

              9,397,238

Michigan

            16,290,764

Minnesota

            10,089,418

Mississippi

              7,483,268

Missouri

            14,647,722

Montana

              6,348,350

Nebraska

              4,472,243

Nevada

              5,618,414

New Hampshire

              2,556,450

New Jersey

            15,448,790

New Mexico

              5,681,977

New York

            25,971,644

North Carolina

            16,137,196

North Dakota

              3,841,352

Ohio

            20,739,853

Oklahoma

              9,812,934

Oregon

              7,733,679

Pennsylvania

            25,386,631

Puerto Rico

              2,020,490

Rhode Island

              3,383,835

South Carolina

            10,360,855

South Dakota

              4,363,463

Tennessee

            13,074,884

Texas

            60,356,706

Utah

              5,372,731

Vermont

              3,140,247

Virginia

            15,745,244

Washington

            10,489,110

West Virginia

              6,761,785

Wisconsin

            11,642,061

Wyoming

              3,963,841

Total

          615,000,000

*Funds available pending approval of state plans.

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