INDOT developing plan for vehicle charging

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Indiana Office of Energy Development, has issued a request for information to help it start the development of the state’s electric vehicle implementation plan.

Indiana will soon receive National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure formula funding to invest in electric vehicle charging stations, which is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that allocated more than $8 billion to the state.

INDOT has allocated about $14.7 million this year, and expects to invest about $100 million for EV charging infrastructure over the next five years.

In its request for information released Monday, INDOT is soliciting feedback and recommendations from stakeholders, such as utilities and energy and fuel companies, for the planning, coordination and development of charging networks across the state.

The state is developing a federally-required State EV Implementation Plan, and responses to the request for information will guide the state’s federal funding deployment and evaluation of competitive grant opportunities, INDOT said in announcing the RFI.

The U.S. infrastructure bill also includes $2.5 billion in competitive grants available to state and local governments, and other groups for EV charging and alternative fuel infrastructure.

This move comes after state lawmakers passed legislation that Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law to set up the first regulatory framework for utilities to build charging stations and other wide-scale infrastructure needed to support conversion to electric vehicles.

INDOT will accept questions on the request for information until April 11 and request for information responses are due by April 29.