The Kansas Department of Transportation announces its first round of Requests for Proposals for EV charging infrastructure projects. Eligible proposers are entities that responded to the previous Call for Projects. More detail is available in the location-specific RFPs below. KDOT intends to release additional RFPs for additional locations at a future date. Proposals are due September 29, 2023.
The Kansas Department of Transportation announces a Call for Projects for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure projects in advance of applications being accepted for these projects across the state. Two webinars are scheduled on Apr. 13 and 14 to discuss the call for projects. The deadline to email project concept forms is May 5. Read the official news release for more details.
KDOT hosted informational webinars about the Call for Projects on April 13 and 14.
Note: Except for any statutes or regulations cited, the contents of the webinar presentation and informational materials do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These materials are intended only to provide information to the potential applicants regarding existing requirements under the law and have not been reviewed or endorsed by FHWA. However, compliance with any applicable statutes or regulations cited is required.
A webinar recording and informational materials are available below.
This Request for Interest serves as notice that the Kansas Department of Transportation intends to issue a Call for Projects in the second quarter of 2023 for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds and other potential federal funding opportunities that support installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment. This announcement is being made pursuant to the issuance of final rules for the NEVI Program in order to provide potential applicants time to identify partners and prepare for the Call for Projects and other opportunities.
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.
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.