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Oregon’s Five-year EV Charging Infrastructure Roadmap

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Latest Updates

November 2022

  • In September, the federal government approved Oregon’s state plan for EV charging infrastructure under the federal NEVI program. Read the full text state plan or view a five-page executive summary.
  • As of Nov. 1 2022, Oregon and other states are still waiting for the federal government to publish their final minimum standards for the NEVI program. 
  • ODOT will issue Requests for Proposals for Year 1 NEVI infrastructure work after federal minimum standards are published. The original RFP release timeline — November or December 2022 — may be delayed until early 2023.

About the $100 million funding for EV charging

About two-thirds of the funding — $52 million from the 2021 federal infrastructure bill plus a required 20% match — must be spent on EV charging infrastructure along Alternative Fuel Corridors, as per guidance from the Federal Highway Administration. The funding is distributed under the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

Alternative Fuel Corridors are roads approved by the FHWA on which states may use federal funding to build EV charging and other alternative fuel infrastructure. Oregon has 11 roads designated as electric corridors under the program: Interstates 5, 82, 84 and 205; and Highways 20, 26, 30, 42, 95, 97 and 101.ODOT may propose additional roads for designation over the next five years. 

The remaining third of the money — $36 million — will be used to close EV infrastructure gaps beyond those seven corridors. More charging sites in rural and urban areas, underserved communities, and at apartment complexes will allow more Oregonians to charge where they live, work, and play.

Public EV fast-charging stations along our highways: the Oregon Quad Pod
Public EV charging needs to be equitable, convenient and reliable, especially for EV drivers on longer trips.

The “Oregon Quad Pod” will fill that need. The Quad Pod will have Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) which will be able to deliver a lot of power to your car in a short amount of time. Depending on the car type and how empty your battery is, charging up at a high-power DCFC to near-full capacity takes about 20 minutes.

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Our plans for community engagement
To receive federal funds, Oregon must develop and follow a statewide plan for EV charging by working with the public, businesses, rural communities, tribes, utilities, and many others.

We’re committed to involving Oregon’s communities in our plans over the five-year funding timeline. As we get closer to each year in the process, we’ll update our timeline below with more details.

Timeline

2022
  • April: outreach begins with webinar and website launch. 
  • May and June: public outreach continues and ODOT shares draft plan concepts.
  • July: ODOT uses public feedback to finalize the Statewide Plan for the federal funding.
  • August: statewide plans due to the federal government for review.
  • September: ODOT’s state plan is approved by federal government
  • November and December: ODOT releases request for proposals for charging infrastructure and holds workshops about charging plan in various regions.*
2023
  • ODOT will award contracts to private companies in early 2023; time TBD.
  • Spring or summer: EV charger installation work begins.

    *ODOT will not issue Request for Proposals until after the federal government publishes their final minimum standards for the NEVI program. As of Nov. 1 2022, the federal government has not yet published those final standards; ODOT expects them to published before the end of 2022. However, depending on that timing, ODOT may need to push their Request for Proposals release into early 2023. 
Help us understand your EV charging needs
The ODOT Climate Office would like your input to ensure the new EV charging stations are equitable and meet the needs of Oregon’s current and prospective EV drivers, businesses, and communities.  

Use our interactive map

We’ve created an interactive map for you to show us where you’d like future EV charging stations. Click the map below to open a new browsing tab and place a pin on the map. 

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We’ll share your anonymous survey answers and map input with our private partners who are installing and operating the charging stations. The data will help them choose the best locations for the chargers, and give them insight into real-world experiences of people charging EVs in Oregon. 

ODOT will also use the input to inform how we engage with various EV groups in the future.  

We’ll share the results with the public summer 2022 on this website and via email.

Resources 

Information Webinars
Watch our latest webinar we hosted on June 27 for an update on our draft state plan concepts, what we heard during our stakeholder information sessions, and the latest information about federal guidance and requirements. Download the meeting slides. 

For a more thorough overview of the funding requirements, as well as a longer Q&A session, see our April 4 webinar. Watch the webinar on ODOT’s YouTube Channel and download the meeting slides.

NEVI and state plan FAQ
Read our FAQ for answers to common questions about how the funding can be spent, our plans for community engagement, contracting with the state, and more.

Read the latest guidance from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AKA the “180 day guidance”) on federal minimum standards and requirements for EV infrastructure using NEVI funding. 

Read the first round of federal NEVI guidance, which was released Feb.10, 2022. It outlines the federal requirements for spending NEVI funds. 

Read additional guidance on proposed federal minimum standards and requirements for EV infrastructure using NEVI funding, which was released June 9, 2022 and published in the Federal Register on June 22nd, 2022. You may submit a public comment on the proposed standards on that webpage, too (due August 22nd, 2022).

Topics in the June 22nd guidance include installation, operation and maintenance of chargers; charger interoperability and connectivity; signage; how data is collected; and how information like charging rates are displayed to the public. 

Oregon's future charging needs
In 2021, ODOT completed a study to help understand Oregon’s needs for public EV charging over the next 15 years: the Transportation Electrification Infrastructure Needs Analysis. Learn more about the study at that link or read the executive summary of the study’s findings.   

Why we’re investing in EV charging infrastructure

Electric vehicles that are partially or fully powered by electricity emit far fewer air pollutants than vehicles powered by gas or diesel. That is important because those pollutants, particularly greenhouse gas emissions, harm our health and make climate change worse.

In Oregon, transportation is responsible for about 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions. More EVs on our roads means fewer emissions, healthier communities, and a better future for Oregon and the planet. 

That’s why ODOT is all in on EV charging infrastructure. People need equitable, convenient and reliable access to public EV chargers, and more public charging will help give travelers the confidence that an EV will get them where they need to go, just like a vehicle powered by gas or diesel.  



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