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KDOT to Receive $39.5M over Next 5 Years to Build EV Infrastructure

The Charge Up Kansas NEVI Plan has been approved and is set to receive $39.5 million total over the next five years under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The plan provides KDOT federal funds to help build a high-powered EV charging network across the state.

What is Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure?

Electric Vehicle infrastructure includes all the equipment, utilities, connections, and supportive power network that allow people driving EVs to charge up their vehicle’s battery. In the same way that gas or diesel vehicles rely on the infrastructure of gas stations, gas deliveries, ports, and refineries in order to fuel up, EVs rely on charging stations, transformers, the electrical grid, and power plants to charge up for trips. While some drivers can charge their EV at home, some may not have home charging stations, or need to re-charge while traveling longer distances or while visiting Kansas.

There are many reasons why planning for EV infrastructure is important now:

  • More EVs are on the road and vehicle manufacturers are accelerating the release of new EV models.
  • The transportation sector is the biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. EVs have no tailpipe emissions, so more EVs result in less air pollution, leading to better health outcomes for everyone.
  • While EVs rely on electricity generation for power, Kansas electricity is also moving toward more sustainable sources. Coal-fired power plants in our region are making great strides toward reducing their carbon emissions. We are also transitioning to more renewables. In 2020, wind energy provided 43 percent of the state’s net electricity generation. Coal-fired electrical generation is down by almost half over the past decade. EVs charged with electricity generated by renewable sources are even more environmentally friendly. You can check all emissions associated with your EV online.
  • Our state is one part of a national network of charging stations to support travel across the country, including continuing to attract visitors and support freight moving to and through Kansas.
  • Construction and maintenance of new EV infrastructure will create new job opportunities.

    Federal funds to pay for EV infrastructure will be available soon; Kansas will receive $39.5 million in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Funds. These federal funds were approved as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and are specifically for investments in EV facilities here and across America. If we don’t plan for EV infrastructure, that money will be spent in other states.

    Yes! There are 457 public charging station locations in Kansas, from a DC Fast Charging station in Goodland to a Level 2 charging station in Leavenworth. In contrast, there are over 1,000 gas stations in our state.

    If you plug in an EV at your home, the electricity you use will add to your electric bill, just like plugging in a refrigerator or other appliance. If you don’t have an EV, it’s not clear that EV usage would have any impact on you or the electricity to your home or business. Power utilities are an important part of planning for EVs, so that we can understand the impact of EV electricity usage.

    There are over 4,500 EVs registered in Kansas as of June 2022.

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