Thursday, June 13, 2024

VDOT Announces Awards for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Installation

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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced it has allocated $11.3 million in federal funding for the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the Commonwealth.

This investment will support the expansion of what VDOT calls “a robust network of EV charging infrastructure.” The funding will close existing gaps along Interstates 64, 77, 81, 85, 95, and 295, which will be designated as alternative fuel corridors (AFCs).

Under the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, state departments of transportation will oversee the disbursement of $5 billion through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, VDOT explained. The NEVI Program aims to construct a reliable national network of EV charging stations, with initial stations required to be located along designated AFCs.

As detailed in VDOT’s EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan, it intends to distribute over $100 million over the next four years through the NEVI Program to serve the following goals:

  • Closing the Gaps: By strategically deploying charging stations, VDOT aims to address gaps in EV charging accessibility throughout Virginia.
  • Convenience and Reliability: The investment will ensure convenient and reliable EV charging options for residents and travelers.
  • Equitable Access: VDOT is committed to providing equitable access to EV charging stations across suburban, rural, and disadvantaged communities, supporting the Commonwealth’s growing EV market.

The initial $11.3 million investment under Phase 1-A of VDOT’s NEVI Program will facilitate the deployment of third-party owned and operated EV charging stations at 18 sites across 13 counties, adding 66 fast charging ports across the Commonwealth, VDOT said. VDOT noted that 14 of these charging stations are located within a half-mile of federally designated disadvantaged communities.

Proposed locations were screened against federal requirements, with awardees selected through a competitive scoring process that evaluated location, station cost, level of applicant match funding, applicant qualifications, nearby amenities such as restrooms, dining, and shopping, and other customer experience-focused factors, VDOT said.

The awards for NEVI Phase I-A were presented to the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) during its March 19 meeting. VDOT added that the awards remain subject to potential changes pending environmental reviews, site host commitments, utility connection, and other relevant factors.

The VDOT NEVI Program will continue to expand the statewide network of charging stations with multiple upcoming rounds of competitive award solicitations, it said.

For detailed information on awards, program updates, federal EV infrastructure grant opportunities, and educational resources visit VDOT’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment website.

For comments or questions about the NEVI program contact NEVI@vdot.virginia.gov.

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