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What You Need to Know About NEVI

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program is a part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 2022. The goal of the NEVI program is to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the United States, in support of the Biden Administration's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean energy.  It provides grants and financial assistance to public and private entities, including businesses, nonprofits, and electric utilities

Requirements for the NEVI Program:

  • The program is open to public and private entities, including states, local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and electric utilities.

  • Projects must be located in the United States and meet eligibility requirements.

  • The program requires a cost-share of at least 20% for all projects.

What NEVI Covers:

  • The program provides grants and other financial assistance to support the deployment of EV charging infrastructure, including fast charging, level 2 charging, and wireless charging.

  • The program also supports EV education and outreach activities to increase awareness and adoption of electric vehicles.

What Products are Covered:

  • EV charging infrastructure, including fast charging, level 2 charging, and wireless charging.

  • EV education and outreach activities.

Businesses that are the Best Candidates for NEVI:

  • Businesses that have a fleet of electric vehicles or are looking to transition to electric vehicles.

  • Electric utilities that are looking to support the deployment of EV charging infrastructure in their service territory.

  • Nonprofits and municipalities that are looking to promote the adoption of electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.

How to Apply

While specific details of the application process for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program have not yet been released, here are the general steps that organizations can expect to take when applying:

  • Check Eligibility: Before applying for the program, organizations should ensure that their project meets the eligibility requirements for the NEVI Program.
  • Develop a Project Proposal: Organizations will need to develop a detailed proposal for their EV charging infrastructure project, including information on project goals, location, number and type of charging stations, and budget.
  • Identify Partners: Organizations should identify any partners or collaborators that will be involved in the project, such as utilities, local governments, or other stakeholders.
  • Apply for Funding: Once the NEVI Program application process opens, organizations can apply for funding through the program. The application process may involve submitting a detailed project proposal, budget, and other supporting materials.
  • Wait for Approval: After submitting an application, organizations will need to wait for the NEVI Program to review and approve their project. The approval process may take several weeks or months, depending on the number of applications received and the complexity of the project.
  • Execute Project: Once approved, organizations can begin executing their EV charging infrastructure project, using the NEVI Program funding to cover eligible expenses. Organizations will need to comply with program requirements, including reporting on project progress and outcomes.

Made in the USA Requirements

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which includes the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program, does not specifically require that EV charging infrastructure be made in the USA. However, the legislation does include provisions aimed at promoting the use of American-made products and materials in infrastructure projects, including EV charging stations.

Specifically, the legislation includes a "Buy America" provision that requires that all iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the construction of transportation projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration be produced in the United States. Additionally, the legislation includes a "Made in America" tax credit that provides a tax credit to businesses that manufacture products in the United States and meet certain criteria.

While the NEVI Program itself does not have a specific requirement for EV charging infrastructure to be made in the USA, organizations that apply for funding through the program may be required to comply with these "Buy America" and "Made in America" provisions. It is important to review the specific requirements of the NEVI Program and consult with legal or procurement experts to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.

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