In this file photo, electric vehicles are displayed before a news conference with White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about the American Jobs Plan and to highlight electric vehicles at Union Station near Capitol Hill on April 22, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The Biden administration proposed over $170 billion in spending to boost the production of zero-emission buses and cars and increase the number of EV charging stations. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Idahoans are encouraged to give feedback at seven public meetings held throughout Idaho in June and July on future placement of electric vehicle charging stations in the Gem State. Residents can also fill out a brief online survey to offer input.
The project, which is led by the Idaho Transportation Department, is being conducted in partnership with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources.
“This collaborative effort aligns with the Federal Highway Administration’s recent announcement of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, an initiative to fund strategically placed charging stations to establish an interconnected network for EV cross-country travel,” an ITD press release said.
Officials are seeking feedback on where electric vehicle charging stations should be built, including comments on where locations should be placed near Idaho’s interstates and state highways.
Once the feedback is compiled, ITD will present its findings and strategic plan to the Federal Highway Administration to help guide future EV infrastructure rollout, the press release said.
The Idaho Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan is expected to be approved sometime after Sept. 30. Once approved, Idaho is anticipated to receive $4.4 million for the project in the first year, then $6.3 annually the following four years throughout the duration of the five-year project, according to the ITD press release. That funding will be used to administer grants and agreements for placing charging stations across Idaho. The guidance for eligible projects can be found here. Grant applications for charging station infrastructure could be opened as early as fall 2022.
The public is invited to learn more about the program and share their ideas at one of the seven upcoming public meetings scheduled throughout the state:
Monday, June 13 | 4 p.m. MT
Idaho Falls Library Rooms 1 & 2
457 W. Broadway St.
Tuesday, June 14 | 12 p.m. MT
Shoshone Bannock Resort & Casino
777 Bannock Trail
Tuesday, June 21 | 12 p.m. MT
College of Southern Idaho
Human Services Building #150
North College Road
Tuesday, June 28 | 12 p.m. PT
Lewiston Public Library
411 D St.
COEUR D’ ALENE
Wednesday, June 29 | 12 p.m. PT
ITD District 1 Office
600 W Prairie Ave.
Wednesday, July 6 | 5 p.m. MT
Garden City City Hall
6015 Glenwood St.
Virtual Public Meeting (Zoom hosted), July 13 | 11 a.m. MT
Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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