Q: How does this funding help the state of Wyoming?

A: The Federal funding for EV charging infrastructure will help Wyoming meet current and anticipated demand for electric vehicles, especially by tourists visiting the state. Without it, EV drivers could be stranded without services or may bypass Wyoming entirely in favor of states with more robust EV infrastructure. We do not want visitors to bypass Wyoming to get to and visit our parks and other attractions. 


Q: What happens if the state does not allocate all of the available Federal NEVI formula funding?

A: The Federal Highway Administration will take control of the funds. If they aren’t spent in Wyoming, they will be allocated to other states. Regardless of who is spending it, this funding is required to be spent on EV infrastructure; it cannot be used on roads or bridges. 


Q: Will any of the EV infrastructure be state owned, operated or maintained?

A: Currently there are no plans to use state funds in the NEVI formula funding program to own, construct, operate or maintain EV charging stations.


Q: Where will the stations be located?

A: For the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program stations, WYDOT is a pass-through agency for the federal funds to be available for private industry and interested communities to place where they feel makes sense from a business and tourism perspective as long as the locations comply with NEVI program specifics.
 
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program currently requires charging stations to be placed every 50 miles along the state’s three interstates: Interstate 80, Interstate 25 and Interstate 90. We will publish general station locations along the interstates when we issue Requests for Proposal for station build out. 

VW settlement money has been set aside to provide access to funds to communities and businesses not initially on the interstates. 


Q: How did you select the corridors and routes?

A: The NEVI program requires that states build out Alternative Fuel Corridors first. In Wyoming, those are the three interstates. If there are remaining funds, they can be used off corridors on additional routes.

Route recommendations were based on three criteria: 
1. Complying with the Federal Government’s Justice 40 initiative;
2. Routes to popular tourist destinations like the national parks and monuments
3. Highest Average Annual Daily Traffic along routes that met the first two criteria


Q: Will WYDOT ask for an exception to the 50-mile requirement?

A:  Yes, Wyoming’s NEVI plan requested an exception in some cases to the 50-mile requirement along interstates. However, planning is moving forward with the assumption the exception will be denied. 


Q: Are there plans to install charging stations at the rest areas?

A: No, the Federal Government does not allow the commercialization of federally-supported rest areas. 


Q: Will Wyoming’s harsh winters impact EV usage in the state?

A: EVs will be given no special treatment. Much like gas-powered vehicles, drivers will need to plan ahead for proper fuel stops and will need to watch the weather closely as they travel. 


Q: Will the charging be free?

A: Much like a gas station, station owners will set the price of electricity at the charging stations.


Q: Does WYDOT have any data about tourist usage of EVs?

A: No, currently WYDOT does not have exact numbers of out-of-state EV usage. However, we know that about 2% of vehicles nationwide are EVs, which we can use with the annual average daily traffic to get some approximate numbers.

 
Q: How will EV drivers pay fuel tax?

A: Currently, drivers with EVs registered in Wyoming pay a $200 road maintenance fee as part of their vehicle registration each year. However, currently there is no way for WYDOT to collect fuel tax from out-of-state EV drivers on Wyoming roads. WYDOT is working with the Wyoming Legislature and other state agencies to update statute and policy to address this issue. 


Q: Is WYDOT working with other state/local/national entities on this strategy?

A: Yes! Some of WYDOT’s partners include the state agencies in the Zero Emission Vehicle Working Group as well as regional partners in the Mountain West through COR West and REV West. Other partnerships include the National Park Service, local utility companies and local nonprofits like Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities. 


Q: When is this funding available?

A: Additional federal guidance is expected this summer, and funds are expected to be available this fall. 

 

Q: Do you have any resources for businesses trying to decide if they want to invest in an EV charging station?

A: We recommend contacting your local Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network advisor


Q: I want EV charging stations in my town/at my business, where do I start?

A: More information is expected soon. We recommend keeping an eye on this website for updates or sending us an email. 

 

 

Click the photo below to see a FAQ issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding NEVI.


FHWA Frequently Asked Questions regarding NEVI