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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

WCEH

WSDOT is launching a pilot program to strengthen and expand the West Coast Electric Highway network by deploying electric vehicle (EV) fast charging infrastructure along highway corridors in Washington state.

Notice of Proposed Awards

WSDOT has identified the apparently successful awardees for the initial round of funding through the $1 million Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot Program. Proposed awards are for funding a network of DC fast chargers spaced 40 miles apart along I-5, I-90, and I-82/US 395/I182. WSDOT received 10 qualified applications with requests totaling about $2.9 million. With matching commitments of about $2.5 million, the total proposed project investment is more than $5.4 million. See the Notice of Proposed Awards (pdf 171kb) for details.

Grant Application Materials

The application period closed on May 12, 2017 for the 2017-2019 grant projects. Similar grant application guidelines may be used for future funding opportunities.

EVIPP Application Guide (pdf 409kb)
Appendix A Example Contract (pdf 150kb)
Appendix B Example Statement of Work (pdf 148kb)
Appendix C EVIPP Requirements (pdf 240kb)
Attachment 1 Application Form (doc 88kb)
Attachment 2 Scope of Work Template (doc 28kb)
Attachment 3 Milestone Form (xls 16kb)
Attachment 4 Budget Form (xls 20kb)
EVIPP Questions and Answers (pdf 106kb)

Pre-Application Webinar

Slides from EVIPP Pre-Application Webinar (pdf 1448k).
Recording of EVIPP Pre-Application Webinar (YouTube)
List of Webinar Registrants (pdf 107kb)

What types of projects will be funded?

WSDOT will help fund a series of electric vehicle fast charging stations near highway exits along major roadways. Ideal projects will include multiple charging locations spaced about 40 miles apart between major communities or destinations. Grant funding may be used for siting, equipment purchases, electrical upgrades, installation, operations and maintenance.

How is the program funded?

The state legislature provided $1 million in seed funding to encourage private investment in EV fast charging along highway corridors. The funds are collected from plug-in electric vehicle drivers through a portion of the annual $150 electric vehicle registration fee that went into effect in July 2016.

Who is eligible for grants?

WSDOT plans to award grants to non-profit organizations and to state and local government agencies such as cities, towns, counties, transit agencies and tribes. Potential grant recipients are strongly encouraged to partner with private sector companies to develop and implement projects. Grant awards will be made through a competitive application process.

Where will the projects be located?

EV charging projects may be located at private businesses along I-5, I-90, US 2, US 101, I-82, US 395 and other key corridors in Washington State.

When can applicants submit proposals?

WSDOT is developing the grant application materials and anticipates announcing a call for proposals in March 2017. Applicants will have several weeks to submit proposals. After the closing date, an evaluation team will review the proposals and select projects for funding. Then, WSDOT and the grant recipients will negotiate statements of work and sign legal agreements.

When will funding be available?

The funding will be available from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019, contingent on an appropriation in the transportation budget.

WSDOT is taking a careful and thoughtful approach to building a program that will maximize the state's investment. In 2016, WSDOT conducted a public outreach process and adopted rules for managing the program. WSDOT is exploring several opportunities to leverage the state funds to bolster the EV Infrastructure Pilot Program:

Why is the state investing in EV charging infrastructure?

The state's Results Washington goal is to have 50,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on our roads by 2020. There are currently about 25,000 PEVs registered in Washington and the state needs more charging infrastructure to support the anticipated growth in EV adoption.

The Washington State Electric Vehicle Action Plan recommended developing an EV Infrastructure Bank to encourage private investment in charging equipment to strengthen and expand the state's West Coast Electric Highway network.

The Joint Legislative Transportation Committee (JTC) conducted a study on Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Business Models. The committee found that, until there are more electric vehicles on our roads, the state needs to provide incentives to encourage investment in charging infrastructure.

Why do we need charging along highway corridors?

Fully electrified transportation corridors—with stations every 25 to 50 miles on long-distance routes—will give EV drivers confidence that recharging is available when they travel between communities, make long-distance road trips, and commute to work. Knowing that charging is easy and convenient helps encourage residents and businesses to buy and drive EVs.

How does Washington benefit from electric vehicles?

Vehicles that run on electricity drawn from the state's clean-energy mix of hydro, wind and solar energy are far cleaner than petroleum-dependent cars. In Washington, the transportation sector accounts for nearly half of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Encouraging a shift from petroleum-based fuels to fuels with low or no carbon emissions contributes to a set of strategies needed to reduce the transportation sector's impact on the environment.

How do citizens benefit from electric vehicles?

Drivers of electric vehicles benefit by:

  • having more vehicle choices
  • saving money on gas and vehicle maintenance
  • reducing dependency on foreign oil
  • helping meet greenhouse gas reduction goals
  • creating green technology jobs

How do I get on the grant announcement list?

To stay informed on the EV Infrastructure Pilot Program and get notified when WSDOT starts accepting grant applications, please email partnerships@wsdot.wa.gov .

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