Thursday, 15 September 2022 10:53

Louisiana's $91M EV Charger Plan Receives Federal Approval

Written by Victor Skinner, The Center Square


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Louisiana’s $91 million plan to install a network of electric vehicle chargers across the state gained approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The department’s Federal Highway Administration reviewed and approved the Louisiana Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, created by Congress in last year’s infrastructure law.


"Today, with funding in President [Joe] Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are taking an important step to build a nationwide electric vehicle charging network where finding a charge is as easy as locating a gas station," U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sept. 14. "With the first set of approvals we are announcing today, 35 states across the country---with Democratic and Republican governors---will be moving forward to use these funds to install EV chargers at regular, reliable intervals along their highways."


The infrastructure law provides $5 billion over the next five years to help states meet Biden’s goal of creating a nationwide network of 500,000 charging stations spaced out every 50 miles along designated alternative fuel corridors.


The Sept. 14 approval unlocks $10.8 million in federal funds, with an estimated $15.6 million more for the current fiscal year and the following three. Over the five year program, Louisiana is expected to receive about $73.3 million in NEVI funding.


Louisiana’s EV infrastructure plan identifies approximately $91 million available, which includes the NEVI funding and $18 million from a required 20% match from grant recipients.


"Accordingly, the state estimates that it will be able to install 300-760 charging ports based on these numbers," the EV plan reads. "The wide range is due to unpredictable factors such as inflation, (cost differences in estimates), supply chain change, site-specific variations and other changes in...

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