The map above covers the state of NEVI grant applications, both historical and current, through November 3rd. Source: NEVI Dashboard

On October 18th, 2023, Ohio broke ground on the nation’s first electric vehicle (EV) charger funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. This comes just a month before the two-year anniversary of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which established the NEVI program. As with any formula funding program, some states are moving faster than others. Here’s where we stand on the eve of IIJA’s two-year anniversary:

As of October 25th, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Joint Office had granted approval to 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to access FY2024 funds. Combined with the FY2022-FY2023 funds which were approved last year, there is now nearly $2.5 billion currently available to states, representing 60 percent of the total formula funding to be allocated by the program. Two states – Indiana and Wyoming – have not yet received approval for FY2024 funds from the FHWA, but that can just mean their plans are still being reviewed. An example of a state’s approval letter can be viewed here.

So far, seven states have awarded a total of nearly $100 million of NEVI funds. Since our last update, Alaska and Kentucky announced awards joining Hawaii, Ohio, Maine, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

On September 25h, the Alaska Energy Authority announced it will invest $8 million ($6.4 million in NEVI funds matched with $1.4 million in private funds) for the construction of NEVI chargers across nine sites in Alaska. The majority of these funds were awarded to Tesla and e-CAMION USA. According to the press release, Alaska is initially focused on building out the state’s alternative fuel corridor (AFC), and the second round of funding “will focus on connecting small urban areas, rural communities on the road system, Alaska’s road system to Canada, and coastal communities located on the marine highway system.”

On October 5th, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced $10.9 million in conditional awards across 16 different sites, with Francis Energy Charging and bp pulse winning most of the funding. The state conditionally awarded an additional $4.5 million for eight more charging sites on October 23rd.

Nine states have closed RFPs but have not yet announced awards. Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Delaware, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island all posted RFPs within the past six months and are expected to announce awards in the coming months. Rhode Island, whose solicitation closed in May 2023, is likely up next with awards anticipated this month while Michigan and Tennessee just closed their solicitations last week.

Seven states are currently accepting applications. This includes Colorado and Maine who have already announced their first round of awards and are now soliciting applications for a second time. Both states are using existing EV charging programs to award NEVI funds and have chosen to break up their funding into multiple rounds. Notably, on October 26th California opened its highly anticipated competitive grant solicitation with the intention to award $40.5 million. California capped off a busy October for NEVI which saw four new RFPs open. In addition, Iowa released a draft version of their funding opportunity. Based on the anticipated timelines of the remaining states, we are expecting another busy month for NEVI in November.

As a reminder, our NEVI Dashboard tracks state funding opportunities related to NEVI and will soon surface awards made by states.

About the author: Moe Khatib