NEVI Formula Program
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program was enabled through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide states with federal funding to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network of EV charging stations across the United States
The Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR) is partnering with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop a program for entities to apply directly to the state for NEVI formula funds.
Equipment and Location Requirements
Direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations built with NEVI formula funds must have at least four CCS ports capable of 150 kW output each, for a combined station total output of at least 600 kW.
Each year, states nominate major roadways for Alternative Fuel Corridor (AFC) designation. NEVI formula funding must be used to install DCFC less than one mile from and at 50-mile intervals along designated AFCs. NEVI formula funding cannot be used outside of designated AFCs until the Secretary of Transportation certifies that the designated corridors in the states meet these requirements. Idaho’s designated Alternative Fuel Corridors are listed below. An interactive map of all designated Alternative Fuel Corridors and DCFC in Idaho may be found here.
On December 8th, 2022 the State of Idaho issued an RFP seeking a firm to assist the State of Idaho in completing a Siting, Feasibility, and Access Study for DCFC buildout. Interested firms may access the RFP on ITD’s Contractor Bidding webpage under “Consultant Agreements”: https://itd.idaho.gov/business/.
On December 15th, 2022, the State of Idaho announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Interagency Work Agreement (IWA) between OEMR, ITD, and DEQ to work collaboratively on EV issues. View the MOU and IWA here.
NEVI Discretionary Grant Program
In addition to the NEVI formula funding, the BIL established a competitive discretionary grant program for corridor and community charging that states, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments, special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function, tribes, and territories can apply directly to. A Notice of Funding Opportunity has not yet been released but interested applicants may sign up for news alerts at the bottom of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation’s website here.