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Oregon’s Five-year EV Charging Infrastructure Roadmap

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June 2022 NEVI Program Announcements 

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program -- A Proposed Rule by the Federal Highway Administration on 06/22/2022

The FHWA proposes to establish regulations setting minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and projects for the construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) chargers under certain statutory authorities. The standards and requirements proposed would apply to the installation, operation, or maintenance of EV charging infrastructure; the interoperability of EV charging infrastructure; traffic control device or on-premises signage acquired, installed, or operated in concert with EV charging infrastructure; data, including the format and schedule for the submission of such data; network connectivity of EV charging infrastructure; and information on publicly available EV charging infrastructure locations, pricing, real-time availability, and accessibility through mapping applications.

Comments must be received on or before August 22, 2022.

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.  

Take our quick survey

Start the survey by choosing which statement applies to you: 

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. More details on that engagement strategy are in the “Plans for Community Engagement” section of this webpage. 

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

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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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 seven corridors designated as electric corridors under the program: Interstates 5, 84, 82, and U.S. 26, 101, 20 and 97.  ODOT will also propose new EV Alternative Fuel Corridors over the next five years to continue to build out EV charging across the state.

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.

Our plans for community engagement

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

Community engagement for the NEVI funding is a marathon, not a sprint. Our engagement timeline spans several years, with the surveys and interactive map only the first step.

Timeline

2022
  • April: outreach begins with webinar and website launch. 
  • May and June: public outreach continues and ODOT shares statewide charging plan.
  • 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 on corridors, and holds workshops about charging plan in various regions.
2023
  • February: Private companies awarded contracts.
  • Spring: EV charger installation work begins.

Resources to learn more

Watch our webinar for an overview of the funding requirements and the ODOT Climate Office’s preliminary plans for how to engage with the public and spend the funding. Download the meeting slides.




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 full 31-page federal NEVI guidance PDF, which was released Feb. 10, 2022. It outlines the federal requirements for spending NEVI funds. Additional NEVI guidance from the federal government is due out mid-May, and will be hyperlinked here.

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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