Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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TALLAHASSEE—The Electrification Coalition (EC) applauds the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for submitting its National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) state plan. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to deploy a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network, the Florida Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, will guide the administration of federal funds allocated to Florida to build EV charging infrastructure along its alternative fuel corridors and accelerate Florida’s electric mobility future.
Florida is slated to receive $39 million in the first year of the NEVI program. By enacting this plan, Florida will support the next generation of transportation through charging station installation and operation. The EC applauds Florida for creating a strong state plan, which represents a significant investment in the future of electric transportation. In doing so, Florida will augment its economy and ensure that EV drivers can travel across the state with ease and confidence. The investment will also bring new EV charging stations to rural communities across the state.
Florida added more than 4,000 miles to its EV alternative fuel corridor. This will allow the State to utilize funds from the NEVI program on EV charging gaps identified in the market over the next five years. The plan identified several emerging areas, including Fort Myers/Naples, Ocala/The Villages, and Tallahassee, that will benefit from electric charging stations.
“Florida is an important state in the shift to electric transportation,” said Ben Prochazka, executive director of the EC. “It has the second highest EV sales in the nation and its roadways allow residents and out-of-state visitors to reach destinations such as beaches, theme parks, and other attractions. We are excited to see that Florida is taking important steps to increase access to EV charging infrastructure.”
To lead regionally and nationally on transportation electrification, the EC urges the following policy actions:
- Provide clarity to electric utility providers on how to ensure grid resiliency and reliability with the anticipated increase in EV adoption, as well as guidelines for utility investment in EV infrastructure and programs.
- Prepare for medium- and heavy-duty electrification. Current funding opportunities present a unique opportunity to plan for transportation needs beyond light-duty, passenger vehicles. Agreements such as the NESCAUM Medium- & Heavy-Duty MOU would help Florida set and meet electrification goals across all vehicle types. With several key corridors and interstates, Florida must begin infrastructure planning now to support the freight and delivery industry of the future.
- Continue elevated regional coordination. Florida’s efforts to align with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (DACS), and Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) will advance a more reliable charging network.
- Electrify the state fleet. 100% of the State’s fleet should be transitioned to zero-emission vehicles while supporting state electrification goals. This policy leads from the front and sets the precedent for electrifying other public, and private, fleets in the state.
The EC has over a decade of experience developing and deploying tools and resources that support electric vehicle adoption, supporting states, local governments and communities across the country with programs and policies to drive a transportation electrification future. The EC looks forward to working with Florida to support the effective, efficient, and equitable deployment of its NEVI state plan.
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate the widespread deployment of electric vehicles in order to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.