The proposed requirements for an EV charging network are aimed at helping states develop EV deployment plans.
June 09, 2022
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, which the Biden Administration announced in February.
“These minimum standards will help ensure our national EV charging network is user-friendly, reliable, and accessible to all Americans, and interoperable between different charging companies, with similar payment systems, pricing information, charging speeds, and more,” said the transportation department in a statement.
The DOT said the proposed requirements will help states as they develop their EV deployment plans in conjunction with the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, which was established by the bipartisan infrastructure law and is providing direct technical assistance and support to help states with the $5 billion NEVI program.
“To support the transition to electric vehicles, we must build a national charging network that makes finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These new ground rules will help create a network of EV chargers across the country that are convenient, affordable, reliable and accessible for all Americans.”
FHWA has also released additional resources to help states complete their EV charger deployment plans and access NEVI formula funding to build out the charging network. These resources include new NEVI formula program Q&A and a new online resource to help states, particularly rural states, evaluate the best locations for charging stations when it may not be possible to provide charging stations at the required 50-mile intervals.
“We’re tackling range anxiety and vehicle charging deserts by making sure that charging stations are easily and equally accessible, allowing every American to get coast to coast in an electric vehicle,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. READ MORE