WYOMING — Wyoming is expected to receive about $23.96 million over the next five years to help facilitate electric vehicle infrastructure development across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).

Wyoming is allocated $3.9 million this year and expects $5 million each year for the next four years for a total of $23.96 million for EV infrastructure.

The funds come from the Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allocated up to $7.5 billion over five years for states to enhance their Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.

No state funds will be used to construct, maintain or operate EV charging infrastructure through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program.

The company with the awarded bid will pay the required match amount to the Federal funds.

A Zero Emission Vehicle strategy plan draft has been developed. Infrastructure projects across the state which include:

  • Acquisition and installation of EV charging infrastructure and traffic control devices and signs.
  • Operation and maintenance of EV charging infrastructure for up to five years.
  • Data sharing about EV infrastructure to ensure long-term success of equipment installed under the formula program.
  • Development activities related to acquisition or installation.
  • Mapping and analysis to evaluate locations for charging infrastructure.

WYDOT will host a public meeting about the electronic vehicle incentive program on April 7 at the Teton County Library from 9-11 a.m.

According to WYDOT, Wyoming only has one fast charger statewide currently, (not including Tesla chargers, which can only be used by Tesla vehicles).

If Wyoming does not utilize these funds, they are allocated for other states to use on EV infrastructure.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.