National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program
Signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides states with $7.5 billion to help make EV charging more accessible to all Americans for local and long-distance trips. This $7.5 billion comprises the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and the $2.5 Discretionary Grant Program for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure.
Rhode Island will receive a total of $23 million in dedicated formula funding over a 5-year period.
The RI Office of Energy Resources is the lead agency in charge of managing the NEVI RI EV Infrastructure Plan in partnership with the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).
The initial focus of this funding (Phase 1) is for states to strategically deploy Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations along its designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), to help build out the national EV AFC network.
I-95 is Rhode Island’s only Alternative Fuel Corridor.
After Phase 1 is complete, the state may use NEVI Formula Program funds for EV charging infrastructure on any public road or other publicly accessible location (Phase 2).
RI NEVI Plan Roadmap