Idahoans are encouraged to provide input at seven town hall meetings held across Idaho in June and July on the future location of electric vehicle charging stations in Gem State. Residents can also complete a brief online survey to provide feedback.
The project, which is led by the Idaho Department of Transportation, is conducted in partnership with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Bureau of Energy and Mineral Resources.
“This collaborative effort aligns with the Federal Highway Administration’s recent announcement of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, an initiative to fund strategically placed charging stations to establish an interconnected network for EV travel in across the country,” said an ITD press release.
Officials are seeking input on where electric vehicle charging stations should be built, including input on the location of locations near highways and Idaho state highways.
Once feedback is compiled, ITD will present its findings and strategic plan to the Federal Highway Administration to help guide future deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, the press release said.
Idaho’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan is expected to be approved sometime after Sept. 30. Once approved, Idaho is expected to receive $4.4 million for the project in the first year, then $6.3 per year for the next four years for the duration of the five-year term. project, according to ITD’s press release. This funding will be used to administer grants and agreements to place charging stations in Idaho. Guidance for eligible projects can be found here. Applications for subsidies for charging station infrastructure could be open as early as fall 2022.
The public is invited to learn more about the program and share their ideas at one of the next seven public meetings scheduled across the state:
Monday, June 13 | 4 p.m. MT
Rooms 1 and 2 of the Idaho Falls Library
457 West Broadway Street.
Tuesday, June 14 | 12 p.m. MT
Shoshone Bannock Resort & Casino
777 Bannock Trail
Tuesday, June 21 | 12 p.m. MT
Southern Idaho College
Social Services Building #150
North College Road
Tuesday, June 28 | 12:00 PT
Lewiston Public Library
411 D Street.
HEART OF ALENE
Wednesday June 29 | 12:00 PT
ITD District 1 Office
600 W Prairie Ave.
Wednesday July 6 | 5:00 p.m.
Garden City Town Hall
6015 Glenwood Street
Virtual public meeting (hosted by Zoom), July 13 | 11:00
Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.