Virginia will use funds received from Volkswagen to install EV charging stations
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Notice of Intent to Award a contract to EVgo Services to develop a statewide public electric vehicle charging network.
This contract is awarded from funding that the commonwealth was allocated through the Volkswagen mitigation settlement, and it will serve as a forward looking programme that will help to meet driver needs as EV adoption rates continue to increase.
Maximising the state’s investment, EVgo will develop a statewide charging network that prioritises DC fast chargers to adapt to the rapidly evolving technology of the electric vehicle market. The network will prioritise some of the most heavily travelled corridors in the commonwealth and will complement existing charging stations and other large-scale deployments of charging infrastructure underway.
“Virginia is taking a leading role to develop and deliver a statewide electric vehicle charging network that is driver-focused, user-friendly, and promotes electric vehicle usage,” said Governor Northam. “Through this partnership with EVgo, Virginia will accelerate electric vehicle adoption, generate more private investment in electric vehicle technology, and help provide citizens in the commonwealth with cleaner air.”
DEQ issued a request for proposals last September to establish a statewide EV charging network as part of the Volkswagen emissions testing settlement. DEQ is the designated lead agency acting on the state’s behalf as beneficiary to implement Virginia’s allocation of US$93.6 million from the settlement.
The settlement allows states to use a maximum of 15% of their total allocation for EV charging infrastructure, which represents approximately US$14 million.
“Especially given the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back vehicle fuel economy standards, we cannot build out our electric vehicle support system soon enough,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler. “Accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles is a critical step to Virginia’s efforts to fight climate change by doing our part to curb pollution.”
EVgo is using two Virginia-based contractors to help develop the electric vehicle charging network. The network will be developed over three one-year investment cycles. EVgo will also open a service centre in Richmond that will allow for rapid deployment and maintenance support of Virginia’s statewide charging network and encourage local job growth.