Under the program, there will be up to US$100m in federal funding to repair and replace non-operational EV charging infrastructure.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program stipulates a 10% set-aside of the US$5bn created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by the Federal Highway Administration to provide grants to states and localities that require additional assistance to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure. The first round of funding will focus on improving the reliability of the current network by repairing or replacing existing EV charging infrastructure.
"We know that people expect public EV chargers to work the first time, every time," said Joint Office of Energy and Transportation executive director Gabe Klein. "That's why we have a multi-pronged approach to create a seamless charging experience by building a capable workforce, tracking reliability metrics, and convening industry to ensure they can meet the performance standards for federally funded chargers set earlier this year.”
These targeted investments will complement hundreds of billions in private sector investments; support good paying jobs across the country installing, maintaining, and repairing EV infrastructure; and make the current charging network more reliable. Reliability is a critical component to the administration's comprehensive approach to build a convenient, affordable, reliable, equitable, and Made-in-America national EV charging network.
“This funding to repair and replace non-operational chargers combined with the efforts of the ChargeX Consortium should increase reliability significantly over the next two years,” said Klein.
Eligible applicants and projects for the EV Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator are outlined in a Notice of Funding Opportunity published on September 13: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=350190