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State of Idaho Seeking Input on Future Electric Vehicle Charging Station Placement

IDAHO — In partnership with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) and the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR), the Idaho Transportation Department is gathering statewide public feedback regarding the future placement of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Idaho. 

This collaborative effort aligns with the Federal Highway Administration’s recent announcement of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, an initiative to fund strategically placed charging stations to establish an interconnected network for EV cross-country travel. 

A statewide public involvement effort will allow Idahoans to share their feedback about where these charging stations should be built, focusing on locations near Idaho’s interstates and state highways. Once this information is compiled, ITD will present its findings and strategic plan to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help guide future EV infrastructure rollout. 

The public is invited to learn more about the program and share their ideas in one of the seven upcoming public meetings scheduled throughout the state. The meeting for our area will be held Tuesday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library.

There will also be a Virtual Public Meeting (Zoom hosted), July 13 at 11:00 a.m. MT. Participants must register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Once the Idaho Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan is approved, which is expected sometime after September 30th, Idaho is anticipated to receive $4.4 million the first year, then $6.3 annually the following four years throughout the duration of the five-year project. That funding will be utilized to administer grants and/or agreements for implementing charging stations across Idaho. The guidance for eligible projects can be found on the Federal Highway Administration website. Grant applications for charging infrastructure could be opened as early as fall 2022.

The public is encouraged to participate in ITD’s concurrent online survey by clicking here. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and helps inform the state EV infrastructure plan to reflect the will of Idahoans statewide.