To help alleviate range anxiety for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, Arkansas is planning to install charging stations every 50 miles along its interstates.
According to a report by THV11, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and Department of Energy and Environment recently met to explore new funding options for electric vehicle charging stations across Arkansas.
As part of the plan, the state wants to add a charging station every 50 miles and within 1 mile of an exit along Arkansas’ most used interstates.
A total of $54 million has been allocated for the project, with the state hoping that money will be provided through a $5 billion national plan called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Program (NEVI) which aims to add up to 50,000 charging stations across the country by the year 2030.
An application process will open in 2023 for companies to apply for the rights to install a charging station. The stations will be Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast charging stations. The state plans to submit a funding plan by August 2022.
The plan is the same as the one being considered in Texas. As we told you yesterday, the Lone Star State is budgeting $408 million to also install EV chargers every 50 miles along its interstates.