DOT makes $150 million available to upgrade EV charging stations nationwide

January 19, 2024

The Department of Transportation is releasing almost $150 million in grants to improve existing electric vehicle charging stations in 20 states. The funds are part of a larger effort to build out an EV charging network nationwide.

The grants, split up in 24 awards, come from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and will help replace, repair or otherwise bring EV charging stations up to code.

NEVI is a $5 billion program and has an initial goal of funding designated Alternative Fuel Corridors for electric vehicles to expand the EV charging network along the Interstate Highway System.

“These grants bring us another step closer to a national EV charging network that keeps up with the EV transition that’s well underway,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement.

The California DOT received the largest grant of $64 million to upgrade approximately 1300 charging ports. Among the other recipients:

  • The New York DOT received $13 million for 335 ports.
  • The Washington DOT received $10 million for 560 ports.
  • The Oregon DOT received $10 million for 421 ports.
  • The Colorado DOT received $8 million for 363 ports.

Grant recipients will use the money to increase the reliability and accessibility of the current EV charging network by addressing issues with EV charging infrastructure, totaling almost 4,500 ports.

This funding is the most recent in a series of federal investments — starting in September 2022 — that encourage the use of EVs and make EV charging more readily available.

Earlier this month the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $623 million to build additional EV charging stations across the country, as well as $615 million in November toward 52 EV charging plans. In October, the FHWA announced $885 million for all 50 states to continue building the EV network.

These awards are helping further the federal goal of establishing 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. The number of publicly available EV charging ports has already grown 70% since 2020.

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Gracie Warhurst

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