The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has handed the keys to states and territories for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, opening the door for $1.5 billion through 2023 to build out electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

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“America led the original automotive revolution in the last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the President’s bipartisan infrastructure law, we’re poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

The NEVI program funds $5 billion over five years for building a charging network across the country. The program was established under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, which President Biden signed into law. It also has funds set aside for each fiscal year for the DOT Secretary to fill gaps in the charging network with discretionary grants. 

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The Inflation Reduction Act also provides support to build out the U.S. EV network, complete with tax credits to purchase EVs and $3 billion to improve access to charging stations in economically disadvantaged communities. 

States and territories can be reimbursed with NEVI funds for upgrading or adding EV charging sites, funding operation and maintenance of charging stations, installing on-site electrical equipment, collaborating with community and stakeholders, funding data sharing activities and developing mapping analyses. 

“With this greenlight, states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can ramp up their work to build out EV charging networks that will make driving an EV more convenient and affordable for their residents and will serve as the backbone of our national EV charging network,” said activity director Stephanie Pollack of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The FHWA plans to work with states to deploy funds. 

In 2020, the transportation sector was the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) polluting economic sector, emitting 27% of the nation’s GHGs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Late last year, the Biden administration set a goal to have half of all U.S. vehicle sales be zero-emissions by 2030. The government plans to purchase only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. 

According to the International Energy Agency, EVs in 2021 consumed about 50 TWh of electricity globally, but displaced about 300,000 b/d of oil. The agency said that in order for the sector to achieve net-zero emissions scenarios, EVs would need to displace 7 million b/d of oil in 2030. 

Detouring Emissions With RNG

Specialty manufacturer Ingevity Corp., meanwhile, is putting the emphasis on its renewable natural gas (RNG) operations with a rebranding of its carbon-neutral vehicle fuel segment, NeuFuel, and a partnership with American Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

North Charleston, SC-based Ingevity said it rebranded its adsorbed natural gas vehicle business in response to increased demand for RNG and sustainable fuels for existing in-service diesel vehicles. According to Ingevity, Ford Motor Corp.’s 2021 F-250 and F-350, 2021 Transit and 2020 F-150 are certified compatible with its NeuFuel technology. 

NeuFuel technology “provides diesel fleets a proven, cost-effective pathway to zero emissions – today – when using their existing diesel vehicles,” said Ingevity President Ed Woodcock, who oversees Performance Materials. 

Ingevity also noted it has expanded its product line and partnered with American CNG’s Demi Diesel Displacer for a dual-fuel, bolt-on solution for existing diesel fleets.