NEVI Public EV Charging Stations Update, Q1 2024
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NEVI Public EV Charging Stations Update, Q1 2024

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  • The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program is building a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers along America’s highways.
  • NEVI is administered by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office).
  • The Joint Office reported on an impressive amount of progress for installing NEVI public EV charging stations in the first quarter of 2024.

It’s been a thrilling winter season for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. Thirty-three states have stepped forward with solicitations to the NEVI program, and 16 of them have already started the groundbreaking work of awarding contracts and setting up new public EV charging stations using NEVI funding.


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“In addition to the NEVI progress in Q1, overall 16 states have announced funding of an estimated $231,275,890 and 343 charging stations (sites). This should result in approximately 1,550 NEVI-funded DC fast charging ports (connections able to charge an individual EV concurrently at the NEVI minimum of 150 kW) being open to EV drivers by early to mid 2025,” according to Loren McDonald, CEO, EVAdoption, LLC.

“For context, in January 2024, roughly 870 new DC fast charging ports opened in the US, or about one-half of the number of NEVI-funded ports that will open over the next 12+ months. The key benefits of the NEVI-funded sites is not in the sheer numbers, but rather the locations they will be at which tend to be lower-utilization highway corridor areas that the charging networks are currently not serving, combined with the minimum of four chargers and reliability accountability with a minimum 97% uptime,” added McDonald.


NEVI Funding By State

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Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania celebrated the opening of their first public EV charging stations funded by the NEVI program. These stations, located in London, Ohio; Kingston, New York; and Pittston, Pennsylvania, represent pivotal advancements in making fast, reliable EV charging accessible to the public.

Rachael Nealer, Deputy Director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, got a firsthand experience of these facilities by testing the chargers in New York on their inaugural day, marking a significant step toward enhancing the national charging infrastructure. With over 170,000 public charging ports now available across the country and an average of 900 new chargers coming online each week, the future of public EV charging stations in the U.S. looks brighter than ever.

In an impressive continuation of the expansion of the United States’ EV charging infrastructure, several states have announced new public conditional NEVI awards since the last quarterly update.


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Most notably, Utah‘s Department of Transportation unveiled $17.5 million in conditional awards for 15 station locations on Nov. 14, 2023, with ambitions to double the state’s fast-charging capacity by the end of the next year.

Texas followed suit on Dec. 12, revealing its initial NEVI grant program results that included the development of at least 66 fast-charging ports.

Shortly thereafter, Rhode Island made headlines with its groundbreaking Phase 1 projects at two Park-and-Ride locations on Dec. 20, significantly increasing the area’s public EV charging stations. 

The momentum of the NEVI program persisted into Q1 of 2024, with Kansas announcing on Jan. 3, 2024, that it had conditionally awarded $4.6 million in federal funds for six new EV charging stations.


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New Mexico and Tennessee were not far behind, with New Mexico awarding $11.9 million for the development of 84 new EV chargers across the state on Jan. 24 and Tennessee distributing $21 million to facilitate the creation of 30 new charging locations on Jan. 31.

Michigan‘s announcement on Feb. 13 of 41 project selections, totaling $22.9 million in requested funds, was a fitting capstone to this series of advancements. 

EV charging companies are encouraged to seek NEVI funding. NEVI funding requirements can be found on the Joint Office website.


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