It may be decades away but DCFCers will eventually be as ubiquitous as the gas station. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 10, 2022 2021 Porsche Taycan on an EA DCFC Once you go fast, you do not want to go back. Washington DC -- The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build out a national electric vehicle charging network, an important step towards making electric vehicle (EV) charging accessible to all Americans. The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System. The total amount available to states in Fiscal Year 2022 under the NEVI Formula Program is $615 million. States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year. To access these new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds, each state is required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that describes how the state intends to use its share of NEVI Formula Program funds consistent with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance. Imagine deciding to go anywhere at anytime in an EV? I can almost do that today. Once the Tesla EA, EVGo, 2021 Ford Mustang MachE These plans are expected to build on Alternative Fuel Corridors that nearly every state has designated over the past six years of this program. These corridors will be the spine of the new national EV charging network. The Joint Office will play a key role in the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program by providing direct technical assistance and support to help states develop their plans before they are reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which administers the funding. For 2022, the initial tranche of funding on a state by state basis looks like this. The FHWA released the NEVI Formula Program funding to states that will be available following approval of state plans for Fiscal Year 2022 in addition to the Program Guidance and a Request for Nominations for states to expand their existing Alternative Fuel Corridors. State – FY 2022 National EV Funding Program Alabama - $11,738,801 Alaska - $7,758,240 Arizona - $11,320,762 Arkansas - $8,010,850 California - $56,789,406 Colorado - $8,368,277 Connecticut - $7,771,342 Delaware - $2,617,339 Dist. of Col. - $2,468,807 Florida - $29,315,442 Georgia - $19,978,342 Hawaii - $2,616,956 Idaho - $4,425,511 Illinois - $21,998,178 Indiana - $14,743,125 Iowa - $7,604,168 Kansas - $5,847,059 Kentucky - $410,280,470 Louisiana - $10,859,512 Maine - $2,856,158 Maryland - $9,298,080 Massachusetts - $9,397,238 Michigan - $16,290,764 Minnesota - $10,089,418 Mississippi - $7,483,268 Missouri - $14,647,722 Montana - $6,348,350 Nebraska - $4,472,243 Nevada - $5,618,414 New Hampshire - $2,556,450 New Jersey - $15,448,790 New Mexico - $5,681,977 New York - $25,971,644 North Carolina - $16,137,196 North Dakota - $3,841,352 Ohio - $20,739,853 Oklahoma - $9,812,934 Oregon - $7,733,679 Pennsylvania - $25,386,631 Puerto Rico - $2,020,490 Rhode Island - $3,383,835 South Carolina - $10,360,855 South Dakota - $4,363,463 Tennessee - $13,074,884 Texas - $60,356,706 Utah - $5,372,731 Vermont - $3,140,247 Virginia - $15,745,244 Washington - $10,489,110 West Virginia - $6,761,785 Wisconsin - $11,642,061 Wyoming - $3,963,841 Total - $615,000,000 While each state has the capability to launch an EV network design and buildout program, it is doubtful they can manage it long term. Will future maintenance and repair funding continue as the FHWA provides for the Interstate highway program? More importantly. The obvious choice is for many states to subcontract the design and buildout program to the likes of Tesla, Electrify America, EVGo, and even the slow rollout, high power DCFC company ChargePoint with CCS 150/350s as the standard charging station requirement. Will the state’s utilities get involved as the primary contractors? Will big oil get involved? A lot of questions and it will be interesting to watch this develop beginning later this year.