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.
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.
Utah’s NEVI Plan
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
NEVI Plan Links
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*Please note that links view only due to the plan being in draft form. The final version of the plan will be publicly viewable and downloadable.
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.
If awarded the funding, 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.
As the NEVI plan is being finalized (between now and August 2022), UDOT will post drafts on this website. Members of the public are welcome to review and provide input as it is refined. Also, UDOT is engaging with peer agencies throughout the state and the nation to gather input to inform the plan. If funding is awarded to Utah, additional public engagement will occur at that time as well. Please keep an eye on this website for future opportunities for input.