Pennsylvania Accelerates Electric Vehicle Future with New Round of NEVI Funding

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has unveiled the next step in its ambitious plan to expand the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Announcing Round 1B of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding opportunity, the initiative is a critical component of the Shapiro Administration’s strategy to combat climate change and advance Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure into a new era of efficiency and sustainability.

Starting May 13, and closing on July 10 at 5:00 PM EDT, this round of funding opens the floor to proposals aimed at bolstering the Commonwealth’s network of EV chargers, particularly focusing on filling in the remaining gaps along Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll emphasized the role of these federal dollars, provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), in making EV infrastructure more accessible across the state.

With an estimated $12 million available for Round 1B, the PA NEVI program stands as a testament to Pennsylvania’s commitment to cleaner, safer, and more affordable transportation options. Applicants are encouraged to bring forward projects that can contribute to the program’s goal of expanding the EV charging network, with a requirement to provide a minimum 20% match for the reimbursed funds.

This initiative is part of a broader effort underpinned by the BIL, which allocates $171.5 million to Pennsylvania over five years for EV charging infrastructure. The NEVI funding aims to support the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of EV charging stations across the state, adhering to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines that seek to ensure stations are no more than 50 miles apart and within a mile of highway exits.

Pennsylvania’s approach to expanding its EV infrastructure aligns with federal objectives to enhance the country’s Alternative Fuel Corridors, covering over 1,800 miles within the Commonwealth. These corridors are vital links in promoting the use of clean energy and alternative fuel vehicles, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and mitigating environmental impacts associated with traditional transportation methods.

Applicants interested in contributing to Pennsylvania’s green transportation future can find more details and submit their proposals electronically through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s eGrants system by the July deadline. Additionally, PennDOT encourages those with technical questions to reach out in advance for guidance, ensuring a smooth application process.

Beyond NEVI, Pennsylvania eyes a larger prize with the opportunity to compete for billions in federal funds across various grant programs introduced by the BIL. To assist communities and organizations in navigating these opportunities, PennDOT has established a dedicated webpage offering resources, guides, and alerts on federal grant opportunities. This initiative underscores the state’s proactive stance in leveraging federal support to transform its transportation landscape, making it more sustainable, efficient, and aligned with environmental goals.

In essence, Pennsylvania’s latest round of NEVI funding not only marks a significant step toward expanding the state’s EV charging capabilities but also represents a fundamental shift towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation ecosystem.

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