Electric Vehicle Charging Plan
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.
Utah’s NEVI Plan
On September 14, 2022, the Biden Administration announced that Utah is one of 35 states whose National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) deployment Plan has been approved ahead of schedule.
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. You can view the approved plan here.
The NEVI Plan contains 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 addresses 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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Utah's NEVI Grant Program
UDOT is finalizing the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Grant Program, and is currently awaiting the release of the NEVI rules and on the decision of if the Buy America Waiver will be extended by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, before opening the application process for competitive grants for the 15 charger locations outlined in the approved Utah NEVI Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
NEVI stands for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and refers to a formula that will strategically deploy funding to State for EV charging with a goal to put us on a path to a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. This includes a total of up to $7.5 billion in dedicated funding to help make EV chargers accessible to all Americans for local to long-distance trips. That $7.5 billion is comprised of a $5 billion NEVI formula program and a $2.5 billion discretionary grant program.
Utah is poised to not simply spend the funds but to invest the funds to grow local economies, create new industries, and focus on the economic multiplier effect in Utah.
The $2.5 billion discretionary grant program is divided into two distinct $1.25 billion grant programs to support EV charger deployment.
Corridor Charging Grant Program.
This program will strategically deploy publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors.
Community Charging Grant Program.
This program will strategically deploy publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure in communities.
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