BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Over the next five years, Louisiana will receive approximately $74 million for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure through President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) plans to the development of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure throughout the state.
The plan is to build a charging station every 50 miles on the interstate.
“The money will be broken up year by year,” said DOTD Communications Director Rodney Mallet. “So it’s 10 million this year, and 15 million each year until 2026.”
As part of the EV infrastructure deployment plan, the U.S. Legislature has made National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds available for expenditure by state transportation agencies.
These funds will cover 80% of the EV infrastructure expenses with a minimum 20% state match covered by grant recipients.
DOTD is currently developing a competitive grant program that would allow for a phased approach to the buildout of electric vehicle supply equipment.
On Thursday, DOTD held a public meeting to address how this grant will work.
“We’ll announce the winners, and once they receive their grants, they will own and operate EV charging stations,” Mallet says.
Now, over the next five years, the federal requirements for DC Fast Chargers are within one mile of designated corridors. DOTD intends to solicit applications from the general public by the middle of next year.
Baton Rouge resident, Tina Miles, says the state “needs to speed up the process” of putting in more EV stations.
“It’s usually a long wait, I think a lot of people are now going electric, so when you pull up you may have 3 to 5 Telsa waiting,” said Miles.
Miles currently owns one Telsa but would like to eventually buy more in the future. She says it will save a lot on gas.
DOTD leaders say having more electric vehicle stations, will also help Louisiana achieve its goal of having net zero emissions by 2050.