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Georgia NEVI Program – All You Need To Know

May 12, 2024

The Peach State released its highly anticipated Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan in August 2023, outlining how it will invest over $135 million from the Federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program. Developed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) following extensive stakeholder input, the comprehensive five-year strategy charts the course for building out a network of DC fast chargers across designated Alternative Fuel Corridors.

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GDOT values the diverse perspectives gathered from the wide range of participants engaged throughout the planning process. Input from regional planning commissions, local governments, utilities, site hosts, EV charging companies, labor organizations, freight carriers, and advocates for disadvantaged communities has shaped the nuanced approach to charger siting, procurement, operations and equitable access.

Per the Plan, GDOT will focus initial funds on deploying NEVI-compliant stations no more than 50 miles apart along approved corridors. But the agency acknowledges more will be required to meet Georgia’s charging needs as electric vehicle adoption grows in the coming years. Lessons from similar programs in neighboring states will help maximize the impact.

With transportation electrification supporting economic development and environmental goals, state agencies are aligned behind GDOT’s coordination efforts. Utilities are assessing grid capacity and strategies for “make-ready” infrastructure to energize sites. Ongoing collaboration will optimize deployments and accelerate the energy transition.

Equity remains a top priority. Strategies to engage and benefit underserved communities were informed by discussions with advocates. Performance measures will track progress toward increasing affordable mobility options for all Georgians. Training initiatives also aim to create green jobs through fair labor practices.

By keeping stakeholders engaged annually through the implementation phase, GDOT can adapt the Plan as needs evolve. As the first chargers come online in 2023, Georgia is positioned to lead the Southeast in developing the backbone for nationwide EV adoption.

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