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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Winter

Coming Soon: California's Deployment Plan for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Opportunity Title:

California National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Deployment Plan


California is committed to reducing emissions from the transportation sector by increasing the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Through legislation, regulatory action, and Executive Orders, California is making the transition across market segments ranging from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks. To support widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EV), California is striving to deploy 250,000 public and shared private electric vehicle chargers by 2025 and forecasts the need for 1.2 million chargers by 2030 for light-duty vehicles and 157,000 chargers for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The light-duty target includes public chargers that are available at parks, shopping centers, hotels, public buildings, etc., and shared private electric vehicle chargers, such as those at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings. California’s progress and strategy to achieve these goals is described in more detail in the draft ZEV Infrastructure Plan (ZIP). The ZIP describes public funding of more than $194 million committed to medium- and heavy-duty ZEV infrastructure and more than $109 million invested in light-duty EV charging. Current and proposed investments, including National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding, are expected to total about $3 billion over five years. NEVI funding is proposed to be deployed as part of an integrated and holistic strategy that will include investments in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, and both EV charging and hydrogen fueling. Readily available EV charging infrastructure is a key component to the adoption of EVs. EV drivers, especially those with access to only one vehicle, need to be able to drive to the same places they drove to in gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles. Access to EV chargers needs to be available to all drivers, including those in disadvantaged, lowincome, Tribal, and rural communities. EV adoption is growing rapidly and charging infrastructure needs to meet the demand. Otherwise, adoption of EVs will be disproportionate across population segments.

The development of California’s deployment plan is a coordinated effort between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Final state approval and adoption will be jointly authorized by the:

• Caltrans Director

• California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary

• California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner for Transportation

Key Milestones:

Anticipated Date Milestone

February - May 2022 Initial Draft Preparation & Stakeholder Engagement

June 2022 Internal, State Agency, and Stakeholder Review

Early July 2022 Final Deployment Plan Completed

Late July 2022 Approval and Adoption of Deployment Plan

August 2022 Submittal of Deployment Plan to the FTA

Late September 2022 Approval by the Federal Highway Administration

Qtr. 4 2022 Pre-Solicitation Workshops &Solicitation Development

Qtr. 4 2022 Continued Engagement with Stakeholders and Communities Qtr. 4 2022-Qtr. 1 2023 Publish Solicitation

Qtr. 1 2023 Application Scoring and Review

Qtr. 2 2023 Preparation of Contractual Agreements for Deployment of Charging

Infrastructure Qtr. 2 – Qtr. 3 2023 Execution of Contractual Agreements and Commencement of


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