On February 10, 2022, The Federal Government’s newly created Joint Office of Energy and Transportation released a guidance memorandum on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed into law in November, 2021. The memo covers background, funding eligibilities, and guidance to States on implementing the investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure that will be coming their way.

States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the Joint Office by August 1, 2022, detailing how they intend to apportion the formula funding in a way that ensures affordable, reliable, and equitable access to EV charging for all users. Eligible plans will be approved by September 30, 2022, and funds may not be apportioned prior to approval.

Overall, the NEVI program will provide $5 billion over 5 years for EV charging infrastructure; Ohio is expected to receive $140 million over 5 years.

Initial funds are required to be directed toward building out EV chargers along Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along Interstate Highways. The NEVI program will be implemented in accordance with the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to distribute at least 40% of the benefits of federal funding for climate and clean energy infrastructure to disadvantaged communities.

Clean Fuels Ohio encourages all of our Ohio stakeholders to review the guidance memo and get back to us with any feedback or input as we continue discussions with statewide partners on how we can best assist in the NEVI planning process.

The NEVI program and statewide plan will be an ongoing focus for the Clean Fuels Ohio team, and we look forward to providing more details and updates in future newsletters.

Please visit the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation’s website (https://driveelectric.gov/) for more resources and tools available to support the program and State plans.