First Round Of PennDOT NEVI Grant Program Opens Today

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will officially begin accepting applications for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Grants today (March 27).  The application deadline will be 5:00 PM EDT on May 5, 2023. This grant was previously scheduled to open on February 24 but was postponed by PennDOT. Visit PennDOT’s Apply for NEVI Funds webpage for more information.

Pennsylvania will receive $171.5 million in dedicated NEVI formula funding over the next 5 years. Funds for the federal fiscal years (FFY) 2022 and 2023 PA NEVI grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) sites across Pennsylvania.

The initial focus of this funding is for states to strategically deploy Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations along its designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), to help build out the national EV AFC network. Once a state’s AFC network is “fully built out” according to FHWA criteria — NEVI-compliant DCFC stations that are both: a) no more than 50 miles apart along each AFC; and b) no more than 1 mile from the nearest AFC exit — then that state may use NEVI Formula Program funds for EV charging infrastructure on any public road or other publicly accessible location.

The PPA hosted a webinar with Charge Point in February to review best practices for being awarded NEVI funding. Click here to view the webinar recording.