Preliminary plan for electric vehicle charging stations complete
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - A preliminary plan of proposed locations for electric vehicle charging stations has been submitted to the federal government by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
The West Virginia National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan outlines proposed locations for electric vehicle charging stations and how the state intends to use federal NEVI program funds to develop charging stations along major highways.
All 50 states were required to submit a NEVI plan to the federal government by Monday, Aug. 1.
West Virginia’s plan proposes locating electric vehicle charging stations somewhere along interstates in the following locations:
- Interstate 64, 77 or 79 in the Charleston area
- Interstate 64 near Huntington and near Lewisburg
- Interstate 77 in the Beckley area and in Mercer County
- Interstate 68 or 79 in the Morgantown area
- Interstate 79 near Flatwoods and Weston
- Interstate 70 near Wheeling
- Interstate 81 near Martinsburg
The federal government asked each state to develop a NEVI plan in anticipation of an increase in the number of electric vehicles on American roads in coming years and the corresponding need for charging stations.
West Virginia is expected to get close to $45.7 million over the next five years through the NEVI program to help develop charging stations and electric vehicle infrastructure, according to WVDOT.
Officials said the charging stations are intended primarily for drivers traveling through West Virginia on their way to somewhere else.
Under the NEVI plan, charging stations should ideally be located about 50 miles apart on major travel routes.
In anticipation of the NEVI plan and the expected increase in the use of electric vehicles, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 4797 in June 2022.
The bill directed the WVDOT to develop the NEVI plan to “take a holistic approach, considering the future charging infrastructure needs of school systems, public transportation, counties and municipalities, and other public and private users.”
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