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Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Update

June 13, 2022

New NEVI Formula Program Information Available

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and projects for the construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers funded under title 23, United States Code. FHWA also released additional resources to help states successfully complete their deployment plans and access NEVI Formula Program funding to build out a national network of electric vehicle chargers. These resources include new NEVI Formula Program Questions and Answers and an exception template to help states, particularly rural states, evaluate the best locations for charging stations when it may not be possible to provide charging stations at the required 50-mile intervals.

EPA Announces Clean School Bus Funding

The first round of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program is now available. The Joint Office will offer technical assistance to school districts on electric bus basics, charging equipment, utility connections, bus performance, and operational considerations like routing and maintenance. Technical assistance offered through the Joint Office will provide school districts with the knowledge, tools, and information needed to successfully plan for and deploy clean school buses. In the future, will host additional tools and resources in support of school bus electrification.

Electric Vehicle Working Group Established

The Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) was established on June 8, 2022. The activities of the EVWG include making recommendations regarding the development, adoption, and integration of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicles into the transportation and energy systems of the United States; coordinating and consulting with any existing federal interagency working groups on fleet conversion or other similar matters relating to electric vehicles; and reporting to the secretaries of Energy and Transportation. More information will be published this week on the formal member nomination process.

Webinar: Building Justice40 and Equity Considerations into State Plans

June 24, 2022
2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program asks states to consider equity in their planning process. Torrey Lyons and Monisha Shah from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will provide an overview of equity considerations for planning and deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The webinar will also cover the Justice40 Initiative and how it relates to the NEVI formula program and state plans. They will discuss available equity and Justice40 related tools and other resources that states can use to develop state plans. The webinar will conclude with time for questions. For more information, contact us.

Register here.

Joint Office Careers Through Clean Energy Corps

In the coming months, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will be hiring staff for positions in communications and stakeholder engagement; technical assistance and capacity building; guidance, standards, and requirements; and operations. Apply to the Clean Energy Corps to be considered for these positions. Please select "EV Charging" as an area of interest when you submit your application. Click here to learn more.