Alabama’s EV Planning Process
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs has been designated to administer federal and state funds for EV charging infrastructure and lead Alabama’s electric vehicle infrastructure planning process. ADECA developed a multi-stakeholder EV Advisory Group in 2020 that has been expanded twice and now involves 66 individuals including citizen EV owners and representatives of 41 different stakeholder organizations. Four subcommittees have been formed on the advisory group: Utility Subcommittee; Equity Considerations Subcommittee; Labor and Workforce Considerations Subcommittee; Public Engagement and Collaborative Funding Opportunities Subcommittee.
Alabama’s EV Infrastructure Funding Programs
ADECA manages two programs: the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and the Alabama Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program. Click on each banner below for details on the programs.
Public Input Always Accepted
It is important to the state to receive input from interested parties. Anyone interested in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, sharing information, or commenting on the development of the plan is encouraged to submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments submitted will be evaluated and considered during future updates to the plan.
How to Stay Informed
Request for Information
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released a Request for Information (RFI) to industry partners soliciting information on Electric Vehicle Service Providers’ plans to incorporate North America Charging Standard (NACS) connectors – currently being standardized as J3400 – in their product inventory, and the associated timeline with the rollout of J3400 connectors. Responses to the RFI are due by October 6, 2023.
Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. Under this new program, USDOT will provide $2.5 billion over five years to strategically deploy publicly accessible Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and hydrogen, propane, or natural gas fueling infrastructure.
A federal Notice of Funding Opportunity was released on March 14, 2023. Applications for the first $700 million were originally due to the federal government by May 30, 2023. However, the due date has been extended to June 13, 2023. This is a cost-reimbursement program and applicants are required to provide at least 20% in matching funds from eligible public or private sources.
ADECA currently administers the state-funded EV Charging Infrastructure Grant Program and the federally-funded National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. Therefore, ADECA does not intend to apply for funds under this new program. Entities interested in applying should visit the link below for additional information.
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