NEVI Plan and Purpose
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in coordination with the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and several other State Cabinets developed Kentucky's Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Deployment Plan (Plan). This plan is a requirement to obtain EV infrastructure funding through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The plan was submitted to the Joint Office of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and US Department of Energy (USDOE) on July 22, 2022. On September 14, 2022, FHWA approved KY's Plan, securing the first two years of Kentucly's share of the federal NEVI formula program funds -- roughly $25M of the $69.5M. With matching (non-federal or non-state) funds, a total of $86.9 million will be available for EV charging infrastructure over the next five years through fiscal year 2026.
The plan was developed in accordance with recent guidance from the Joint Office regarding the NEVI Formula Program. KYTC also held three stakeholder meetings to gather input and to share plan development prior to submittal to meet the federal requirements. This included focusing the plan on several important areas such as Deployment, Justice40, Labor/Workforce, Cybersecurity, etc.
The goal of the Federal NEVI Formula Program is to create a national network of EV chargers by 2030, providing convenient, reliable, affordable, and accessible charging for all EV drivers. The Kentucky EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan is focused on achieving this goal, and includes planning for funding and deploying EV charging stations across the Commonwealth.
KY EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan
Request for Proposals
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit Proposals from qualified entities (Proposers) to design, build, operate, and maintain Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Stations (EVSE Stations) at locations (Sites) across the Commonwealth. Proposers selected to develop one or more Sites within the statewide network will be required by contract to operate and maintain the stations for five years following construction completion. This will promote the long-term performance of the EV network according to NEVI requirements established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
KYTC's goals specific to the RFP are to:
- Attract multiple Proposers with proven knowledge and experience in EV charging;
- Encourage Proposer self-sufficiency during design, construction, and operation of the EV Network while ensuring federal compliance and performance;
- Execute the EV network build-out per the objectives contained in the NEVI Formula Program Guidance issued on February 10, 2022, the NEVI Formula Program Questions and Answers as updated on September 14, 2022, and the NEVI Standards and Requirements, Final Rule, Code of Federal Regulations Section 23, Part 680 (23 CFR 680), issued on February 15, 2023 (collectively, NEVI Requirements), and other requirements set forth by KYTC pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth;
- Achieve build-out along the Commonwealth's Federally designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), as detailed in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Kentucky's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan; and
- Select Projects, and Preferred Proposers, that are likely to remain viable beyond the five-year funding period offered by the NEVI Formula Program.
KYTC will accept and evaluate Proposals for individual Candidate Sites located in Corridor-Groups identified by KYTC (see RFP Section 1.3). KYTC's intent is to then award one or more Sites in each Corridor-Group. While KYTC may elect to make no awards for Candidate Sites within a Corridor-Group, it is anticipated that KYTC will award Contracts to multiple Proposers to build-out the Commonwealth's EV network.
FHWA published updated NEVI guidance on June 2, 2023. Among other things, the new guidance clarified several station spacing requirements for the corridor termini as well as for intersecting corridors, for NEVI funded stations on AFCs. Developers proposing on Candidate Sites, should take the latest FHWA guidance into consideration in selecting their sites. A future RFP addendum may be issued to further address this new guidance and how it could apply in Kentucky.
Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time/4:00 pm Central Daylight Time on August 24, 2023. KYTC will then evaluate the Proposals based on established evaluation criteria, and award contracts to select proposers for select sites. The full selection process schedule can be found in RFP Section 2.2.
The RFP can be accessed on the Kentucky Vendor Self Service website. Account registration is not needed to access the RFP solicitation.
To view these documents:
- Click “View Published Solicitations."
- In the Keyword Search enter 2300000290 and click “Search."
- Click the hyperlinked RFP-605-2300000290 to view the solicitation.
- Click on the “Attachments" tab to download all associated documents.
Draft Request for Proposals
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) issued a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) in Januray to solicit feedback from potential proposers who intended to respond to the final RFP. KYTC received more than 150 comments from the industry and other market participants, and the final RFP reflects much of the feedback received.
Request for Information
To begin implementing the Plan, KYTC issued a Request for Information (RFI) back on August 24, 2022. With the purpose of soliciting input from potential market participants across varying sectors regarding the planning, deployment, operation, and maintenance of Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in the Commonwealth. The RFI is intended to help KYTC develop an implementation strategy for deploying DCFC stations using NEVI formula funding, and to inform KYTC’s approach to solicitation and contracting.
The RFI was issued for information-gathering purposes only. Responding to the RFI was not mandatory for purposes of any future solicitation. KYTC will not select a vendor for DCFC EVSE deployment based on responses to this RFI. No contracts will result from this RFI.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity in Kentucky and across the nation. Kentucky is also rapidly becoming the leader in EV battery manufacturing with $7 billion in new investment coming to the state over the next few years. With these changes underway, KYTC wants to make sure Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Area Development Districts (ADDs), Highway District Offices (HDOs), Local Governments, and Electric Utilities have resources available to them to help prepare for the transition to EVs and the deployment of EV infrastructure.
EV Preparedness for MPOs ADDs and DOs
EV Preparedness for Local Government
EV Preparedness for Electric Utilities
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