PennDOT Seeks Comments on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program :: exploreClarion.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) launched a public survey on Wednesday to share feedback on the goals, infrastructure prioritization, and program administration components of Pennsylvania’s proposed state plan for transportation. access to the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) package. Program funds.

“PennDOT is committed to making forward-looking investments in Pennsylvania to update our highway system to accommodate more electric and hybrid vehicles,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We have received public and stakeholder feedback throughout this process, which is critical to understanding wants and needs as this transformational technology takes hold.”

The survey — which also includes an overview of the Federal Highway Administration’s NEVI formula program guidelines — is available at penndot.pa.gov/EV and will close Thursday, June 30, 2022. The public can also submit comments by e -mail [email protected]. The results of this survey will build on the outreach and discussions the department has already had and continues to have with legislators, planning partners, utilities, local government organizations, electric vehicle charging companies and stakeholders with expertise in equity, labour, education and environment.

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL), PennDOT will receive and distribute $171.5 million in formula funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure over the next five years. The department must outline and submit the state’s EV infrastructure deployment plan to the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) by August 1, 2022.

The funding supports the Commonwealth’s goal of expanding electric vehicle charging along previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) (list) and lookalike interstates. The AFC’s federal criteria was updated earlier this year to require AFC-designated corridors to have charging stations within 1 mile of a freeway exit or intersection. highway (previously 5 miles) and within 50 miles of each other. The ministry has reviewed all corridors to align all CFAs with the new criteria.

Pennsylvania has over 1,800 AFC miles. According to US DOT guidelines, any EV charging infrastructure installed with NEVI Formula funds must be located along a designated AFC and meet US DOT minimum standards and requirements. If PennDOT determines, and US DOT certifies, that CFLs are fully constructed, Pennsylvania may use funds to construct EV charging equipment on any public road or in any publicly accessible location, including , but not limited to, parking lots in public buildings, schools and parks.

Additionally, PennDOT—following guidelines issued by the U.S. DOT—will use its Electric Vehicle Fairness Guidelines announced this year to help the department evaluate electric vehicle proposals in accordance with federal guidelines. The principles aim to increase accessibility to infrastructure and maximize benefits for all Pennsylvanians and fall into five categories:

– Make EVs more affordable;
– Make electric vehicle charging more accessible;
– Invest in the electrification of the fleet;
– Invest in traditionally underserved, low-income, colored and otherwise vulnerable population areas; and
– Increase awareness, education and technical capacity of electric vehicles.

Previous Commonwealth work and new funding will support the growing use of electric vehicles and industry transitions. There are more than 23,000 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, more than double the approximately 9,700 registered in March 2019. To improve traveler information for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers, the Traveler Information System of the state – 511PA – now also includes electric vehicle charging station locations. optional on its traffic plan. Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the map shows locations across the state by connector type, including CCS, J1772, CHAdeMO, Tesla, and NEMA.

More information about PennDOT’s Alternative Fuel Corridors can be found on the department’s website.

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