What is NEVI and how will it help electrify American transportation?

Industry, News 09/06/2022

In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), which provides $1.2 trillion for roads, bridges, mass transit, and other projects through 2026. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program is part of that bill and provides $5 billion in funding for direct current (DC) fast charging sites. NEVI aims to establish a coast-to-coast charging network in the US. It supercharges America’s transition to electric vehicles and the EV charging industry in general.

US states will receive NEVI funds to purchase chargers and their related infrastructure. But there are some requirements and additional incentives involved. If you’d like expert advice about NEVI-compliance, reach out to one of our experts.

What are the NEVI requirements for charging infrastructure?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and US Department of Transportation have proposed regulations for NEVI-funded charging sites. These requirements cover everything from installation to data connections. The full list can be found on the US government website here, but here are some of the most important requirements:

  • Chargers must meet Buy America standards, which are still being finalized as of August, 2021.
  • EV charging stations must be deployed every 50 miles and within one mile of the state’s portion of the interstate highway system, creating a coast-to-coast network for drivers.
  • Each station must be capable of charging four EVs at 150kW through combined charging system (CCS) ports and have a total minimum charging capacity of 600kW.
  • The site must maintain 97% uptime and must be operational and maintained for a minimum of five years.
  • Charging sites must have secure payment methods—card readers, tap-to-pay, etc.
  • Charging sites must accommodate disabled drivers according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Once a state has constructed the required number of chargers on designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, it can fund charging sites on other highways and within cities with any funds remaining. They can also add more chargers to existing sites to increase capacity and reliability. The federal government will cover up to 80 percent of project costs—the remaining must be funded privately or by the state.

Altogether, the vast network of charging sites will be able to charge millions of EVs and help move the US to a cleaner, electrified future. “A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at a press event. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”

According to consulting firm The Brattle Group, there could be as many as 35 million EVs in the US by 2030, and those vehicles will need up to 2 million public chargers. NEVI will give states the funds to purchase and install those chargers, but it’s up to the EV charging industry to build and install them.

Tritium is opening a manufacturing facility in Tennessee that is expected to be capable of producing more than 10,000 DC fast chargers per year, with the potential to produce about 30,000 units per year at peak capacity. The facility will employ more than 500 people over the next five years and chargers produced in the facility should meet FWHA Buy America requirements starting in the first quarter of 2023.

How does Tritium meet NEVI requirements?

Tritium’s current NEVI solution consists of four PKM150 150kW chargers with two power rectifier units. The chargers deliver 150kW of power to four EVs simultaneously through a reliable, easily upgradeable on-site charging infrastructure.

Tritium’s current NEVI solution: Four PKM150 chargers with two rectifier units.

Thanks to multiple chargers and power rectifier units, the Tritium NEVI solution provides backup charging power for higher reliability and site uptime.

PKM150 NEVI-Compliant Features

  • Buy America compliant
  • Modular design for reliability, serviceability, and upgradeability
  • Sealed IP65-rated enclosure
  • CCS (up to 920V/180A DC)
  • ISO15118 “Plug and Charge” ready
  • 3G / 4G wireless communication and wired ethernet
  • Multiple language support
  • Surge protection devices on AC and DC links
  • Front and back LED lighting
  • 20-foot cables with management system
  • ADA compliant
  • Small footprint – 79″ x 34″ x 12″

Navigating NEVI

Many US states will start receiving NEVI funds in Q4 2022 and they’ll be looking for NEVI-compliant charging solutions. Whether you’re a state agency, EV charger reseller, charger installer, or charging site planner, you’ll need help navigating NEVI requirements. Reach out to our experts to learn more about building and deploying NEVI-compliant DC fast charging sites.