Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the United States Department of Transportation recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Proposed Minimum Standards and Requirements for Projects Funded Under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and Publicly Accessible Electric Vehicle Charger Construction Projects Funded Under Title 23 of the United States Code . The FHWA has also released additional resources to help states complete their deployment plans and access funding from the NEVI Formula program to create a national network of electric vehicle chargers. These resources include new NEVI Formula Program Questions and Answers And one exceptional model to assist states, particularly rural states, in evaluating the best locations for charging stations when it is not possible to provide charging stations at the required 50-mile intervals.
Charging stations should contain a minimum number and type of chargers capable of meeting the charging needs of drivers. In addition, FHWA’s proposed rules would require consistency in the installation, operation, and maintenance of NEVI Formula Program projects to provide the traveling public with reliable expectations of their charging experience. The proposed rule would further specify the required minimum density of supplied chargers, payment methods and requirements for customer support services.
Other proposed requirements seek to create a seamless national network of EV charging infrastructure that could communicate and operate on the same software platforms from state to state; address traffic control devices and on-site signage; data submission requirements to help create a public electric vehicle charging database; and network connectivity requirements to enable secure remote monitoring, diagnostics, control and updates.
The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon. A signed copy of the document submitted to the Federal Register for publication is available at FHWA website.