The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is preparing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Plan. The Plan is a federal requirement to obtain National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL). The Federal NEVI Program is intended to create a network of EV fast chargers across the country that provides reliable and consistent infrastructure to support long distance travel. For North Dakota, the first phase of the program will build chargers no more than 50 miles apart and less than one mile off exits along I-94 and I-29 (Alternate Fuel Corridors).
North Dakota will receive approximately $25.9 million from the NEVI Formula Program through FY 2026.The NEVI Formula Program aims to provide a nationwide network of EV chargers that ensures a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging experience for all users. In the future, a national network of 500,000 charging stations is expected to be established throughout the United States.
NDDOT is developing the EV Infrastructure Plan with the assistance of partners and stakeholders around the state. Throughout the spring and summer of 2022, NDDOT will collect input from the public, partners, and stakeholders to help shape the plan. Once the plan is complete, it will provide a helpful analysis of where we are today, where we can go, and how to get there. Here is what the plan will cover:
The North Dakota Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan will create a charging network that supports long-term EV charging station success – maximizing economic benefits for our beautiful state.
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(AKA: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act)
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL) was enacted on November 15, 2021. The IIJA authorizes funds for federal aid highways, safety programs, transit programs and other purposes. As part of this infrastructure focus, states are developing plans to accommodate the latest efforts in developing a national EV charging network along highway corridors, which will ease long-distance travel and offer convenient EV charging within communities. This is a critical step toward making EVs more accessible to all Americans.
The EV Infrastructure Plan will meet the requirements of the IIJA to allow NDDOT to become eligible to receive federal formula funds that support EV infrastructure development. It will also consider available grant funding programs in the IIJA and will be prepared following the memo from the USDOT issued on February 10, 2022, regarding NEVI Formula Program Guidance.
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