PennDOT survey seeks opinions on electric vehicle infrastructure

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently launched a survey to learn the public’s opinion on the Draft Pennsylvania State Plan for access to National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds.

The results will be used to build upon outreach and discussions with lawmakers, planning partners, utilities, local government organizations, EV-charging companies and stakeholders with equity, labor, education, and environmental expertise.

PennDOT will receive and distribute $171.5 million in formula funds for EV charging infrastructure over the next five years from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The department is required outline and submit an EV infrastructure deployment plan to the U.S. Department of Transportation by Aug. 1.

The state plans to expand EV charging along the previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors. Federal criteria requires designated corridors to have charging stations no more than 1 mile from an Interstate exit or highway intersection and no more than 50 miles apart.

There are more than 1,800 miles of designated corridors in Pennsylvania.

“PennDOT is committed to making future-focused investments in Pennsylvania to update our highway network to accommodate more electric vehicles and hybrids,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said.

The survey includes an overview of the Federal Highway Administration’s NEVI Formula Program Guidance. It closes June 30.