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:
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.
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.