Established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program funding will provide $5 billion over five years for states to deploy electric vehicle (EV) chargers along highway corridors. This buildout of EV chargers is critical to accelerating the adoption of EVs and enabling Americans to access the economic and air quality benefits of electrified transportation.
Colorado is expected to receive $57 million over the next five years to create an EV charging network across the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will be working with partners and stakeholders to develop the state’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Implementation Plan. The plan is required to access NEVI formula program funding and is due to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) by August 1, 2022. The state’s NEVI plan will outline its strategy for utilizing the NEVI funds and will address the establishment and evaluation of buildout goals, the role of contracting with third parties, public engagement, equity for rural and disadvantaged communities, workforce considerations, cybersecurity concerns, and more.
The meetings will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share feedback on the draft plan contents, ask questions about the program, and learn about additional opportunities for future engagement related to transportation electrification in Colorado.