WYDOT’s NEVI charging station plans approved

WYDOT's NEVI charging station plans approved
WYDOT's NEVI charging station plans approved(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 10:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you are an electric car owner and plan to drive across the state, you may get some help soon.

The WYDOT NEVI, or National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan, was approved.

The plan was submitted to the federal government in August and detailed how WYDOT would spend almost $24M allocated for electric vehicle charging stations from the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA).

This amount will fund seven stations across Wyoming interstates.

Federal requirements mean stations must be placed no more than one mile from interstates and 50 miles between each station.

The federal government granted Wyoming three exceptions to these rules. One on I-90 between Buffalo and Gillette and two one-mile exceptions in Cheyenne and Rawlins.

“The whole point of the plan was to facilitate tourism which is our second largest industry in the state. So we want to make sure whatever drivers choose to drive as they are visiting the state can get to where they are going safely and efficiently. So we’ll keep working with the federal government to find a plan that works for Wyoming,” says Jordan Achs, Public Relations Specialist, WYDOT.

Construction should start in late 2023, barring any supply chain issues.