Utah will double its current DC fast charging capacity by the end of 2024, thanks to National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funding.
Utah’s DC fast charging sites double
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will launch 15 new NEVI-funded DC fast charging sites next year.
In February 2022, the Biden administration announced the NEVI program, which provides nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, and especially along the Interstate Highway System.
Utah gets $36.3 million of that funding and combined with a minimum 20% private match, the investment will be $43 million in total.
In the program’s first phase, the Utah DOT will spend about $17.5 million to install DC fast chargers every 50 miles along Utah’s interstate highways. Fast chargers will also be installed on US-6 and US-191, making EV charging accessible on north-south roads on the eastern side of the state.
Private companies will install, own, and operate the DC fast chargers for public use at the following sites:
- Snowville – Pilot Flying J Travel Center
- Tremonton – Maverik
- Layton/Ogden – Rocky Mountain Power
- Delle (I-80) – Utah.Energy
- Coalville – Rocky Mountain Power
- Nephi – Tesla
- Tie Fork – Rocky Mountain Power
- Price/Wellington – Maverik
- Fillmore – Maverik
- Ivie Creek – Rocky Mountain Power
- Moab – Rocky Mountain Power
- Thompson Springs – Utah.Energy
- Cove Fort – Rocky Mountain Power
- Monticello – Maverik
- Bluff – Rocky Mountain Power
The number of registered EVs in Utah has grown by an average of 48% year-over-year, and as of December 2022, according to the US Department of Energy, the state had 28,050 registered EVs.
UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras said, “Building out the statewide charging network really opens the door to let Utahns choose to travel where they want, when they want, in the way they want.”
It’s great to see the NEVI program roll out in Utah. And the state’s resident EV drivers won’t be the only winners; Utah saw 17.8 million travelers in 2021, according to the Utah Office of Tourism. EV drivers visiting the state to hike, sightsee, or ski, or who are just passing through on a road trip will undoubtedly be delighted by convenient and easy-to-reach DC fast chargers.
And remember: NEVI-funded DC fast chargers have to actually work.
Map: Algorerhythms via Wikimedia/Photo: Electrify America
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