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National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program in Oregon

NEVI intro graphic.pngLatest updates  - October 2023

  • We held two listening sessions about our NEVI and broader electrification work on October 19 and 23. Watch a recording of the sessions on the ODOT YouTube: Oct. 19 recording and Oct. 23 recording.
  • On Sept. 29 the Federal Highway Administration approved our “Year 3" plan for NEVI funding. Read the approval letter PDF.
  • We completed Step 1 of the NEVI work solicitation process, the Request for Statements of Qualifications, in October. We plan to move to Step 2, issuing the Request for Proposals, in late 2023 or early 2024.
  • Visit our online open house to learn more about the Year 1 NEVI projects. We expect Year 1 charger installation work to begin in 2024. 

About the NEVI program 

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program is a federally funded program that will establish a nationwide network of public EV fast charging stations in all 50 states over five years along major highways and interstates. The funding is part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Oregon will receive $52 million over five years from the NEVI program. The program requires 20% matching funds from states, meaning Oregon will ultimately have about $65 million under the NEVI program.

The NEVI program runs over five funding years: 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. Each year, a portion of Oregon's $52 million is distributed by the federal government. (For example, we received approval for $7.7 million NEVI funds in 2022.)

In total, we anticipate developing or upgrading about 50* fast charging stations in Oregon under the NEVI program.

*This is an estimate and may change depending on project and material costs.

ODOT's role in the NEVI program

We will manage the NEVI program in Oregon and ensure it funds charging stations that meet federal standards and Oregon's EV charging goals. ODOT does not own, install, operate or maintain any of the NEVI charging stations. We will contract with private companies to complete that work.

Our state plan for the NEVI funding

At the start of the NEVI program in 2022, the federal government required each state to create a five-year plan for the NEVI funding. Plans also had to include details about the Year 1 (2022) and Year 2 (2023) plans. The federal government approved our plan in September 2022; read the plan PDF online.

The federal government also requires states to update their plans each year with more details on future funding years, then resubmit them for approval. The latest version of our state plan — which details plans for Year 3 — was approved in September 2023. 

Read the PDF of our approved state plan (Year 3.)

See the “overview by year" section below for a summary of each year's work or planned work.

NEVI station design in Oregon: the Quad Pod

Each NEVI charging station will have a minimum of four DC fast charging ports capable of providing at least 150kW simultaneously. These ports can charge up EVs quickly; some newer EV models can charge from 10-80% in under 30 minutes.

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The federal government has extensive standards and requirements for NEVI charging station design. Some highlights include:

  • CCS connectors for each port, with the option for additional permanently attached connector types.
  • 24/7 station availability.
  • Multiple payment methods, including contactless credit/debit cards and phone/SMS. Payment methods must be accessible to people with disabilities.
  • No membership requirements.
  • Five-year maintenance plans with service from qualified technicians.

Read the full NEVI standards and requirements on the federal register website.

Where the NEVI stations will be located

The NEVI program has rules about EV charging station locations:

  • Stations must be no farther than 50 miles apart from each other.
  • Stations must be located within one mile of an interstate or highway exit.
  • Stations must be placed along roads designed as “EV alternative fuel corridors." (More on that below.)

Our hired EV infrastructure contractors will determine final charging station locations along each road.

EV alternative fuel corridors are roads approved by the federal government on which states may use federal NEVI funding to build EV charging stations. Oregon has 11 roads designated as an EV alternative fuel corridor: Interstates 5, 82, 84, 205 and 405; US Highways 20, 26, 95, 97 and 101; and OR Highway 42. ODOT may propose additional roads for designation over the next five years.

Read more about alternative fuel corridors on the Federal Highway Administration website.

Overview by year of our NEVI state plan

The NEVI program runs for five funding years, 2022-2026. However, like many large federal funding programs, it took time for states and the federal government to get the program structure up and running. That's why there is a delay between receiving funding each year and when work on the charging stations is expected to begin.

For example, Oregon received approval for Year 1 funding in late 2022, but the actual charging station construction work for Year 1 roads is anticipated to start in 2024.

Funding Year 1 (2022)

Year 1 NEVI state plan
Read the Year 1 Oregon NEVI state plan PDF online.

Expected work start date: 2024.

Oregon roads selected for the Year 1 NEVI funding

  • Interstate 5 south of Eugene.
  • Interstate 205
  • U.S. Highway 97.

Total expected number of stations installed: 11.

Year 1 online open house
Visit our online open house to learn more about the Year 1 work.

Funding Year 2 (2023)

Year 2 NEVI state plan
Read the Year 2 Oregon NEVI state plan PDF.*

*The Year 2 state plan is the same as the Year 1 plan. The federal government approved both in their initial 2022 plan assessment.

Expected work start date: To be determined.

 

Oregon roads selected for the Year 2 NEVI funding

  • Interstate 84.
  • Interstate 82.
  • U.S. Highway 20.

Total expected number of stations installed: To be determined.

Year 2 online open house
Not yet available.

 

Funding Year 3 (2024)

Year 3 NEVI state plan
Read the Year 3 Oregon NEVI state plan PDF.

Expected work start date: To be determined.

Oregon roads selected for the Year 3 NEVI funding

  • U.S. Highway 26.
  • U.S. Highway 101.
  • Interstate 405.

Total expected number of stations installed: To be determined.

Year 3 online open house
Not yet available.

 

Funding Year 4 (2025)

Year 4 NEVI state plan
Not yet written or approved.

Expected work start date: To be determined.

Oregon roads selected for the Year 4 NEVI funding

  • U.S. Highway 95.
  • OR Highway 42.

Total expected number of stations installed: To be determined.

Year 4 online open house
Not yet available.

 

Funding Year 5 (2026)

Year 5 NEVI state plan
Not yet written or approved.

Expected work start date: To be determined.

Oregon roads selected for the Year 5 NEVI funding

  • Not yet determined. We may use funding to: help complete U.S 95 and OR 42; develop other roads approved by the federal government; or develop more charging stations along roads from previous NEVI program years. 

Total expected number of stations installed: To be determined.

Year 5 online open house
Not yet available.


Get involved with our NEVI work

We're committed to involving Oregon's communities in our plans over the five-year NEVI funding timeline. Our plan is to engage with people throughout the state, including EV drivers and advocates, businesses, rural communities, tribes, utilities, and others.

Join our mailing list

The easiest way to get involved with our NEVI work is to sign up for our EV infrastructure email list. We send regular updates to subscribers, including opportunities for webinars, listening sessions, surveys, and more. Sign up for our EV infrastructure mailing list.

Use our interactive map

We have 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. 


mapNEVI.PNGWe will share your anonymous map input with our private contractors who are installing and operating the NEVI charging stations. The data will help them choose the best locations for the chargers.

Explore our online open houses

In spring 2023 we launched an online open house for the Year 1 NEVI work. It has virtual “stations" you can visit to learn more about the work on each of the Year 1 roads. Check out the online open house.

We plan to create similar online open houses for each year of the NEVI program, and we'll email folks when they go live. Links will also be in the “overview by year" section of this webpage.

Take our quick survey

We created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand the needs of our communities. We'll use the feedback we collect to inform our work, and we'll also share your input with the companies we select to install and maintain the NEVI charging stations.

Start the survey by choosing which statement applies to you: 

Learn about our past engagement work

We've done a variety of outreach to communities for the Year 1 work, and the NEVI program in general. Read about the specifics in the “Community Engagement Outcomes Report" section on page 14 of our Year 3 NEVI state plan PDF. 

More Resources 

NEVI state plan information webinars archive

In 2022 we hosted two public webinars about our plans for the NEVI funding.

Note: some of the information in these webinars was based on draft rules written by the federal government. Our final NEVI state plans may have slightly different information than was presented here.

October 2023 listening sessions archive

In October 2023 the ODOT Climate Office held two virtual listening sessions to gather industry and public feedback about our transportation electrification work, including the NEVI program.

Oregon's future charging needs

In 2021, we 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 support NEVI investments 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 35% of total greenhouse gas emissions. More EVs on our roads means fewer emissions, healthier communities, and a better future for Oregon and the planet. 

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