As always, the wheels of government grants grind slowly. Almost a year ago, all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and DC received approval of their National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plans from the Federal Highway Administration. To date, 5 states have announced final or conditional awards for charging infrastructure grants, and 8 more have opened their NEVI application process. Another 17 states have indicated when they expect to open their application processes, and another 22 states/districts/territories have apparently taken no action at all.
The 5 states that have announced awards to applicants are: Hawaii, which has announced awards for 8 sites; Ohio (27 sites); Maine (7 sites); Colorado (24); and Pennsylvania (54). This represents a total of 120 charging sites, with an estimated 574 individual charging ports.
The 8 states that have opened their NEVI application processes are: Kentucky (August 24 is the deadline for applications); Oklahoma (September 15); Virginia (September 15); Utah (September 28); Kansas (September 29); Texas (October 16); Tennessee (November 1); and Georgia (November 17).
It’s still early in the game to start betting on winners, but so far, Tesla and Pilot Travel Centers account for just over a third of the winning bids, with 22 sites and 19 sites, respectively.
According to EVAdoption, which provides a wealth of EV-related statistics, the average amount of funding requested per site so far is $618,671. Gas stations/convenience stores and travel centers/truck stops account for 66% of the total winning site hosts. Most of the operators plan to install the NEVI minimum of 4 ports, except for Tesla, which is specifying 8 and 12 ports per site.