State To Receive $109 Million Over Five Years In Federal Funds For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

RALEIGH North Carolina will receive an estimated $109 million over five years from the Federal Highway Administration for the development of electric vehicle charging stations as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, federal officials confirmed Tuesday.

“Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and demand, and we need to make sure the state is ready for this shift,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “Our federal partners recognize this, and these funds will be invaluable in making sure North Carolina is ready for the future.”

These funds are being delivered through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, or NEVI, program. As a part of the program, each state department of transportation submitted a plan outlining how the funds will advance equitable deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan was approved this week.

A large portion of these funds will be used for the installation of Level 3 charging infrastructure along the state’s Alternative Fuel Corridors. These major highways and interstates will have electric charging stations installed every 50 miles. Funding in future years will be focused on community-based public electric vehicle charging and other critical infrastructure needs.

The NEVI Program supports Executive Order 246, signed in January 2022 by Governor Cooper, which aims to increase the amount of registered zero-emission vehicles in North Carolina to at least 1.25 million by 2030. The order also tasks NCDOT with the creation of the Clean Transportation Plan to prepare the state for a shift to more electric vehicles and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Transportation Plan is expected to be complete by April 2023.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Why in the world is the government subsidizing industries?!?! Get rid of this socialist non-sense and let the FREE market decide winners and losers. #EndBigGovernmnetNow

  2. Not buying what’s being sold. Increasing EV production requires more lithium. Go look at a lithium mine, they gut the earth rather significantly. Not to mention the pollution produced to make all the plastic panels and electric motors themselves. Wind turbines have a larger carbon footprint than the amount of carbon they eliminate. This means that they are not “clean” energy (carbon negative or even neutral) over their lifespan. Practically, who is going to drive 300 miles and then have to sit and wait 4 hours for their car to charge? Parents of young children won’t, I assure you. This being forced on us, and with our own tax dollars, is insulting and wrong; dare I say unConstitutional.

    • Waiting for 4 hours is almost a thing of the past. Those new chargers get you 80% or more in 20 minutes or less.

    • Brett, if you honestly believe that people are spending 4 hours to charge their car then you really need to update yourself on the technologies available today. The Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example, can charge at up to 350 kW, and with a charger that fast it can go from 10% to 80% in under 20 minutes. That speed has continued to go up, and as such the times have continued to come down.

      Obviously you wouldn’t have a 350 kW DC charger at home, but for a lot of people charging an electric car isn’t a problem.

      The power generation and battery production issues are definitely concerns though, and they’re things that need to be addressed. It would be great if the public was more willing to have nuclear power generation. Battery recycling is a thing, and it should be more widespread. It absolutely is possible to recycle a battery from an EV, so that means that future batteries don’t have nearly the same impact as building a brand new battery from raw materials.

      I’m not sure what your comment about plastic panels has to do with EVs though. You’ll find plastic used in ICE vehicles as well. Modern vehicles are built with plastic interiors. Plastic sucks for the environment, but that’s a separate issue from the EV discussion.

    • By “toys of the wealthy” are you referring to electric vehicles? EVs are not just for the wealthy anymore. They’re not cheap, but a lot of them have prices comparable to ICE vehicles of similar size and design.

    • I think you need to do a little more research on electric vehicle prices because there are many priced with affordability in mind.

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