The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) NEVI Formula Program will provide funding to states to strategically deploy electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. Funding is available for up to 80% of eligible project costs, including:
“For nearly 30 years, Utah Clean Cities has supported education and work in bringing advanced clean fuel opportunities to Utahs transportation industry. Utah Clean Cities works with partners throughout Utah and the Western Region to expand the NEVI program goal, to provide funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to “strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability” (FHA).
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Electric Vehicle Charging Plan
The past few years have seen a significant acceleration in global efforts to electrify many transportation sectors, including surface transportation. New ambitious electrification targets from auto manufacturers as well as consumer-driven investments are unlocking the most significant evolution of surface transportation since the invention of the automobile.
Utah has been working for years on planning and implementing a convenient, reliable and equitable electric vehicle charging network. By preparing for more widespread electric vehicle adoption alongside active transportation like walking and biking and increased public transit use, Utahns can help work toward healthier communities and quality of life. Additionally, building out Utah’s EV charging network will increase economic development, transportation choice, energy resiliency, and emergency route options. The Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Office of Energy Development play a key role in implementing this vision and have been working hard to meet this challenge head on.
UDOT and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Utah has a long history of leading on challenging issues and creating a reliable and continuous electric vehicle (EV) charging network is no exception. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has worked with partner agencies to develop plans for building infrastructure to support these vehicles. This year, UDOT anticipates having another great opportunity to help Keep Utah Moving with expanded EV charging.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law on Nov. 15, 2021, established a first-of-its-kind National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program (NEVI). NEVI will provide funding to states to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure along public roads to establish an interconnected network across the state and nation. Utah hopes to be one of the first states to submit and receive funding for its NEVI plan.
UDOT will submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan by Aug. 1, 2022, to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) describing how it intends to use its NEVI funds. Per federal NEVI guidance, UDOT has begun collaborating with stakeholders to create the Deployment Plan.
The NEVI plan will contain sections addressing charging infrastructure deployment, existing and future conditions, contracting, implementation, and program evaluation as well as documentation of state agency coordination, stakeholder outreach, and public engagement. The Plan will address statewide connectivity and initial EV charging placement needs to reliably travel across the state and in rural areas, as well as augmenting the needs in urban areas for greater densities of EV vehicles
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