The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program provides funds to states to build a convenient, affordable, reliable, and resilient fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) across the United States. Through 2026, North Dakota expects to receive and invest about $25.9 million from the NEVI Formula Program. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is responsible for administering NEVI funds in North Dakota. NEVI funds must first be used to build out a state’s Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) with fast charging stations as described in FHWA Final National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Standards and Requirements.

NDDOT recently released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Phase 1 (rural) of NEVI funding investments. The NOFO closing date is Friday, August 9, 2024, with a letter of intent to apply due by Friday, July 12. This letter of intent will help NDDOT gauge interest in certain clusters but is not required as part of the application. Interested parties will be responsible for developing teams to construct, own, operate, and maintain the charging infrastructure.

In North Dakota, the AFCs for EV Charging are Interstate 94 (I-94) and Interstate 29 (I-29). For the first phase of NEVI funds, NDDOT has identified 10 clusters along the two AFC corridors, each of which will be awarded a single charging station. These areas can be found using the North Dakota NEVI map.

For a site to qualify for NEVI funding, it must meet the following requirements:

  • Be located no more than 50 miles apart and within one mile off of exits along North Dakota’s AFCs (I-94 and I-29).
  • Have a minimum of four 150 kW charging ports able to operate concurrently.
  • Open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no entry fee to access the chargers.

For more information and NOFO application details, visit NDDOT’s NEVI webpage.