The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that it has opened the first round of applications for the new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. It will make $2.5 billion available over five years “to strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative vehicle-fueling infrastructure projects in publicly accessible locations in urban and rural communities, as well as along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs).” Eligible applicants include (but are not limited to) municipal governments, special district governments, state governments, federally recognized tribal governments and metropolitan planning organizations. FHWA notes, “While the NEVI Formula Program sends money to States, Puerto Rico, and DC to build EV charging infrastructure along designated Interstates, U.S. routes, and State highways, the CFI Discretionary Grant Program awards competitive grants to projects serving a range of applicants to fill gaps in the national charging and alternative-fueling network and build out charging in communities. A priority of the CFI Program is bringing EV charging into urban and rural communities, downtown areas and local neighborhoods, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities, as well as to designated alternative fuel corridors.” (TRN inserted a link.)
AASHTO Journal covers the FHWA announcement.