Arizona transportation officials are working on plans to create a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.
Arizona is due to receive $76.5 million from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program over the next five years to deploy EV fast chargers along the state’s interstate freeway system, the state Department of Transportation said in a press release Thursday.
The state is required to submit a high-level plan to the Federal Highway Administration in August to maximize federal funding opportunities for the project. ADOT hired AECOM Consultants to help develop the plan.
As part of the process, the state will gather input from the public through surveys as well as online and in-person meetings. ADOT and the agency’s associates will also solicit representatives from the EV industry, utility providers and other stakeholders for their expertise.
Work to refine the plan will continue after the initial version is submitted to the FHA in August.
Arizona’s EV charging station network is starting along the interstate freeways because they have been designated as alternative fuel corridors.
Other roadways could be added to the network and receive federal funding down the road, ADOT said.
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