USDOT Announces All 50 States, DC and Puerto Rico Now Have Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations, Which Will Help Build Out National Electric Vehicle Charging Network
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WASHINGTON – To support President Biden’s commitment to building out a national electric vehicle charging network and making electric vehicles accessible and affordable to more Americans, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the latest round of Alternative Fuel Corridor designations. Under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funding is directed to designated EV Alternative Fuel Corridors to serve as the backbone for the national electric vehicle charging network.
“Whether you drive an electric sedan or an electric pickup truck, or any other EV that saves you money at the pump, you need to be able to count on finding chargers along the road as easily as a gas station,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We’re pleased to announce the latest round of Alternative Fuel Corridor designations, which will accelerate deployment of an EV charging network that covers every part of our country.”
With today’s announcement, Alternative Fuel Corridor designations are now found in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Coupled with funding from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the private sector investment the law is spurring, Alternative Fuel Corridors are accelerating the availability of EV charging stations near national highways across the country.
“These Alternative Fuel Corridor designations will bring EV charging stations to more locations nationwide,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “Having a national EV charging network is key to our transition to electric and alternative fuel vehicles, which in turn will save drivers money and reduce emissions that worsen climate change.”
Earlier this year, USDOT announced nearly $5 billion over five years under the NEVI Formula Program that would help states build out a national electric vehicle charging network, followed by proposed minimum standards to help ensure the national EV charging network is user-friendly, reliable, and accessible to all Americans. The proposed requirements will help states as they develop their EV deployment plans in concert 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 states.
The sixth round of Alternative Fuel Corridors resulted in the addition of more new miles of corridors than any other round since the initiation of the program in 2016. FHWA announced a total of approximately 250 new designations nationwide based on nominations by state and local officials. Highways were evaluated on predetermined criteria as outlined in the Request for Nominations to be considered “corridor-ready” if they currently contain a sufficient number of alternative fueling facilities, or “corridor-pending” if not. The map below shows the progression of designated EV charging corridors from Round 1 through 6.
For a full list of designated Alternative Fuel Corridors and designated corridors by state, please visit FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridors web page. Additional information about the NEVI Formula Program and investments in electric vehicles can be found at FHWA’s Electric Vehicles web page.
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