EV charging infrastructure plan approved for Kentucky highways

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky’s Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan has been approved sooner than expected.

A release by the U.S. Department of Transportation states the plan is part of a project that will build a convenient, reliable and affordable EV charging network across the country. Kentucky, along with 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, all have approved plans.

The funding for the planned infrastructure project in participating states will come from an overall $900 million sourced from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, according to the release. The release further states the law will make $5 billion available over five years for approved states.

One of the first priorities for Kentucky is placing high-powered chargers along roughly 1,500 miles of designated EV corridors in the commonwealth. Kentucky’s EV charging plan describes how the state will increase its charging network of around 561 public charging ports.

After plan approval, states have a wide range of options to use their NEVI Formula funding for projects directly related to the charging of a vehicle, which could include upgrade of existing and construction of new EV charging infrastructure, operation and maintenance costs of these charging stations, installation of on-site electrical service equipment, community and stakeholder engagement, workforce development activities, EV charging station signage, data sharing activities and related mapping analysis and activities.

You can view Kentucky’s charging plan on the Federal Highway Administration’s website here.