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Federal Funding Will Bring 18 EV Charging Sites to Virginia

The new electric vehicle sites must be located within one mile of an interstate exit and each have at least four ports. The $11.3 million in federal money the state is receiving is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

A charger is connected to the charging port of a silver electric vehicle.
(TNS) — Virginia is set to get 18 new electric vehicle charging sites as part of a federal program aimed at expanding the United States’ charging infrastructure by filling in “gaps” between current stations.

The Fredericksburg region is set to get one of those new EV charging sites.

That site will be built at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre, with the project’s cost set at $965,744. Electrify America LLC is the applicant for the project.

The program is part of a push toward electrifying the country's transportation network that started in 2021 with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program. The program is supposed to commit up to $5 billion to the NEVI program and another $2.5 billion for the charging and fueling grant program.

The federal program accepted and graded applications for charging locations across the country.

The new Virginia locations, which will get $11,295,499, were presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at its March 19 meeting. Site applicants will match 20% of the funding cost to add new stations or upgraded EV sites.

The new sites need to be within one mile of an interstate exit and provide at least four ports with each providing 150 kilowatts.

The requirement for the first round of projects is to first get at least one EV station along every 50 miles along the interstates and then continue to fill in gaps.

The approved new EV sites will be a combination of new construction (6 percent), at restaurants and shopping areas (17 percent), hotels (26 percent) and convenience stores and travel centers (51 percent), according to a report to the Commonwealth Transportation Board at its March 19 meeting.

The federal program has three more rounds of funding set for EV charging sites running through 2029, with new sites aimed at interstates as well as highways, including U.S. 17.

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