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Drive Electric Illinois

Illinois has emerged as a leader in embracing electric vehicles as cornerstones of economic growth and carbon reduction in our state. Under Gov. Pritzker, a foundation has been laid to remake transportation as we know it here in Illinois. We are blazing a trail by creating infrastructure to support electric vehicles as one of many means to get people where they are going, and connecting and uplifting communities along the way. We are watching new technology and new ways to travel unfolding before us. We have a lot to be excited about – as well as a lot to learn.

- Omer Osman
Secretary of Transportation

An advance draft of the first round of the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is now available. This NOFO is still in draft form and subject to change. The department intends to open the NOFO for submissions beginning in March. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up on the form below for email updates, and to begin GATA registration processes. For more information on GATA please visit https://gata.illinois.gov/

Charging Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Future

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois, and emissions from cars and trucks, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons, are harmful to human health and the environment. Electric vehicles (EVs), which generate no tailpipe emissions, are an important part of reducing air pollution and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The state of Illinois aims to be a leader in manufacturing and deploying electric vehicles, setting a goal of having 1 million registered EVs in the state by 2030. Between 2019 and 2021, the governor and the legislature worked to pass several pieces of legislation that accelerate the adoption of EVs, including the multi-year capital bill Rebuild Illinois and the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). These state programs complement federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which also provides support for EV infrastructure.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is working closely with other state agencies in Illinois, including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to implement these programs. One key responsibility for IDOT is strategically deploying EV charging stations in an interconnected network, particularly on the Illinois’ key travel corridors. This website serves as a gathering place for concerned individuals and the EV industry to engage as IDOT plans and implements state and federal programs.

Federal Electric Vehicle Investment

On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law. The IIJA allocates $7.5 billion for to various programs to promote the adoption of electric vehicles across the nation. $2.5 billion is to be used for charging and refueling infrastructure of various types along the interstate in historically disadvantaged communities via a competitive award program to be administered by the newly formed Joint office of Energy and Transportation. The remaining $5 billion forms the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula based funding program. This program will see $148 million infused into Illinois over the next 5 years focusing on interstate Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFS), per federal guidance announced on February 10th, 2022. This guidance directs states to build out previously designated alternative fuel corridors with the NEVI funds. Charging stations will be placed (or upgrading of existing stations) every 50 miles and no greater than 1 mile from the designated corridor. These DCFS stations must have a minimum of 4 combined charging system (CCS) ports each, with the capability of drawing 150kWh totaling 600kWh.

For more information on Illinois designated alternative fuel corridors please view this webmap.

Illinois EV Infrastructure Plans

IDOT is implementing the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, a part of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that provides $148 million over 5 years to Illinois to establish an interconnected public EV charging network, first prioritizing stations along the interstate highway system. The 2023 Electric Vehicle Deployment Plan  for NEVI funds was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on September 29, 2023. This plan builds on the 2022 Electric Vehicle Deployment Plan approved by FHWA in September 2022. These plans detail the state’s approach to deploying public charging infrastructure that provides convenient, accessible, reliable, and equitable electric vehicle charging throughout the state.

As part of continued stakeholder engagement, IDOT has prepared a summary of initial comments received by stakeholders and how the feedback is influencing NEVI plan implementation. IDOT plans to continue providing periodic summaries of stakeholder and public feedback as implementation continues.

Click on the map below for information on NEVI-eligible corridors and to provide suggestions on charging station locations.

Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Program Award

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced on January 19th that it has been awarded $7.1 million in federal funds to fix electric vehicle chargers available to the public statewide. The funding, made possible through the Federal Highway Administration’s Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Program, helps support Gov. JB Pritzker’s goal to have 1 million EVs on the road in Illinois by 2030.  A complete list of locations where chargers will be repaired or replaced can be accessed by clicking here.   

Plan Timeline

November 2022

11/29/2022: Third Public Outreach Meeting for the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan
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September 2022

9/27/2022: Illinois NEVI plan approved by Federal Highway Administration

9/8/2022: Second Public Outreach Meeting for the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan
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August 2022

8/1/2022: Illinois submitted the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation for review

July 2022

7/28/2022: First Public Outreach Meeting for the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan
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June 2022

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) notice of proposed rulemaking.

https://driveelectric.gov/news/#nevi-info

EPA Announces Clean School Bus Funding

https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus

May 2022

Round 6 Request for Nominations of State and local officials to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors for designation.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/nominations/2022_request_for_nominations_r6.pdf

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