CFI Application Toolkit

EC VP of Policy Katherine Stainken with secretaries Buttigieg and Granholm at the CFI program announcement earlier this month

The Electrification Coalition (EC) is ready to help you tackle your application for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. Funding is allocated between two buckets of funding – a Community Program and a Corridor Program. The CFI grant will build a better America by deploying tens of thousands of EV charging stations throughout the U.S. in urban and rural communities, particularly those neighborhoods most vulnerable to climate change and air pollutants.  

Each application will be evaluated based on the five metrics provided by the FHWA: Safety; Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability; Equity, Community Engagement, and Justice40; Workforce Development, Job Quality, and Wealth Creation; and CFI Program Vision. 

In this review, we have gone through and linked various tools to address these specific metrics. These tools will help you analyze and compare locations for chargers, assess cost and GHG emission savings, and ensure equal access to all planned EV chargers. With applications for the first round of funding due May 30, 2023, the EC wants to ensure that cities are planning out their charging stations efficiently, enhancing and serving their communities. 

A comprehensive online mapping tool that identifies areas that are suitable for low- or no-carbon power generation and other energy-related projects. This tool can help ensure that the intended project area is EVSEready and has the grid capacity to support charging, preventing construction and power issues. Additionally, utilization of traffic mapping and data can help applicants plan installation and construction so as not to pose risks to pedestrians or maintenance staff, and to ensure utilization of the U.S. DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy’s Safe Systems Approach.

Specifically the AFLEET CFI tool, is a tool designed to estimate the well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle operation air pollutant emissions for CFI applications, allowing comparison of the data against current conditions to show GHG emission reductions.

This map provides data across the whole country, highlighting areas exposed to transportation disadvantages. Since CFI emphasizes the need for charging in rural and underserved areas, knowing where and how these needs are not being met is vital to creating a nation-wide publicly accessible charging network. 

In addition to further demonstrating locations of disadvantaged communities, this map also shows how those areas crossover with tribal lands, U.S territories, current and pending AFCs, and current public chargers to aide in planning and ensure adequate access to eV chargers across the country.

Utilization of these tools upholds the final metric, the CFI program’s vision. This vision is to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work, particularly those neighborhoods most vulnerable to climate change and air pollutants, in addition to designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) 

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.