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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Network

INDOT is investing nearly $100 million to build an electric vehicle (EV) charging network at strategic locations across Indiana. Through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program created by passage of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, INDOT will contract with partners to build Level 3 DC Fast Charge charging stations along Indiana’s federally-designated alternative fuel corridors (AFC’s).

Indiana’s effort feeds into a national initiative to create a network of at least 500,000 reliable chargers across the U.S. to support the growing adoption of electric vehicles.

Charging stations locations will be determined by federal guidance and using a data-driven approach considering EV miles traveled, EV adoption rates and growth models, existing and planned stations, and electric grid capacity among other factors. Locations will also be selected to ensure convenient, equitable access for users in rural and urban areas and station capacity, design and location will promote usage by passenger EV’s and medium- and heavy-duty EV’s.

Beginning in March 2022, INDOT in partnership with state’s Office of Energy Development (OED) began drafting the federally-required State EV Implementation Plan. The plan includes the following considerations:

  • State Energy Office Coordination
  • Public Engagement
  • Plan Vision and Goals
  • Contracting
  • Existing and Future Conditions Analysis
  • Implementation
  • Civil Rights/Equity Considerations
  • Cybersecurity
  • Program Evaluation

INDOT and OED issued a request for information (RFI) on April 4, 2022 providing interested parties an opportunity to provide comments and data for consideration in the drafting of State EV Implementation. RFI responses were due by April 29, 2022. A questionnaire was also developed and disbursed to Indiana's utility groups to gather vital information.

::::UPDATE:::: On September 27, 2022 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that they approved Indiana's EV plan. INDOT's next step is to contract with partners for the installation, operation, and maintenance of the EV charging stations.

INDOT hosted three in-person sessions to allow stakeholders across Indiana to provide feedback on the state's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan.

During the in-person stakeholder meetings, the program team summarized the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program requirements, guided stakeholders through the elements of the plan, and had opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.

The planning team discussed the overall outline for the plan and approach to its development, along with plan vision and goals. The team also presented the state’s alternative fuel corridors (AFCs) and assessment of current and planned EV charging infrastructure along these corridors with respect to the specific NEVI requirements before proceeding into an open Q&A.

Please note: INDOT will not be discussing specific information regarding procurement and implementation processes or timeframes.

Virtual Open House Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Virtual Open House Recording
Presentation Slides

Northern Indiana Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022

In-Person Meeting Presentation 6-2-2022
Meeting Notes

Central Indiana Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

In-Person Meeting Presentation 6-9-2022
Meeting Notes

Southern Indiana Meeting

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In-Person Meeting Presentation 6-14-2022
Meeting Notes

Virtual Public Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2022

Virtual Meeting Presentation 7-13-2022
Recorded Meeting

View public comments regarding electric vehicle charging infrastructure here.

INDOT EV Deployment Plan - Draft

Appendix A – Preliminary and Alternate Site Maps

The State EV Infrastructure Plan draft is current as of July 29, 2022. The draft plan was approved by the Federal Highway Administration September 27, 2022.

  1. What we did – implement a process to engage quickly with stakeholders across the state, and develop a plan to continue engagement post-submittal.
    1. Public Survey
      • Of the 2,200+ public survey responses, 419 out of 434 (97%) of the DAC areas overlapped or was within a zip code area that was represented in the survey.
    2. Virtual Events
      • May 11 Virtual Open House:
        1. Outlined inclusion of equity in the plan
      • July 13 Virtual Plan Review:
        1. Defined plan’s approach to equity and the benefits identified
        2. Discussed ongoing efforts to continue engagement and identify additional metrics in the program’s first year.
    3. In-person Meetings:
      • June 2 Northern Indiana
      • June 9 Central Indiana
      • June 14 Southern Indiana
    4. One-on-One Meetings (Equity-Focused)
      • Indiana NAACP
      • Indiana State Conference of the NAACP
      • Evansville Branch of NAACP 3048-B
      • Black Lives Matter South Bend
      • Indiana Chapter, American Association of Blacks in Energy
      • Indiana Alliance for Equity in Electric Vehicle Diversity, and Inclusion of EV Infrastructure and Economic Opportunity
    5. State Agency Coordination (on all elements of the plan, including equity and workforce development):
      • Governor’s office
      • IURC
      • OED
      • IEDC
  2. What we heard: there are barriers to adoption and a risk for excluding certain communities and INDOT should work with all stakeholders to work through them.
    1. There are barriers to EV adoption in Indiana. EV infrastructure can help to overcome by:
      • Expanding the number and accessibility of charging stations in Indiana
      • Expanding tax breaks, subsidies, and incentives for charging stations and electric vehicles
      • Encouraging more affordable and efficient charging stations and electric vehicles
      • Increasing outreach and education to the public about electric vehicles and charging stations
      • Reducing the registration fee for electric vehicles in Indiana
    2. INDOT should consider equity-focused criteria for prioritizing investment in EV infrastructure:
      • Increasing EV charging in rural Indiana
      • Proximity to communities with air quality concerns
      • Increasing EV charging in disadvantaged communities
    3. INDOT’s EV Infrastructure Implementation Program should:
      • Continue engagement with ethnically diverse, DAC and rural stakeholders regarding the plan development process and implementation plans.
      • Define additional equity metrics.
      • Facilitate a robust strategy for encouraging DBE/WBE/MBE participation throughout implementation.
  3. How does the plan incorporate equity?
    1. Defined benefits:
      • Percent of AFC miles that are within 50 miles of a charging station (and AFC miles in a DAC community).
        • The goal for proximity is 100% by the end of the NEVI program.
      • Percent of Indiana’s population (and DAC community population) that is within 40 miles of a charging station.
        • The goal is 100% by the end of the NEVI program.
      • Metrics for robust and reliable infrastructure in all locations.
        • Number of sites implemented (total and in and near a DAC)
        • Number of ports implemented (total and in and near a DAC)
        • Percent of time at least one port is available at all sites (total and in and near a DAC)
      • Approximately 13% of AFC mileage is within a DAC area
      • 100% of the preliminary sites are in or within 15-miles of at least one DAC area
      • 62% the preliminary sites are in or within 5 miles of a DAC area

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