North Dakota will use nearly $ 26 million of federal funds over the coming years to build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles across the state.
According to the North Dakota Department of Transportation officials, the Bismarck Tribune reports that the first phase of the plan is to build chargers more than 50 miles and less than a mile along 94 and 29 interstates.
Funding for the 2026 fiscal year came from the Federal Infrastructure Bill passed by Congress last fall. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program will create a nationwide fast charging network that will eventually have 500,000 stations.
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The federal program guides states on how to set up charging stations so that they work the same way across the country and are easy to find and pay for.
The White House says there are currently more than 2 million electric vehicles on the road and 100,000 charging stations.
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North Dakota has just a few hundred electric vehicles and is one of the last states in the country to install fast-charging stations. Momentum has been built in recent years to expand the charging infrastructure and many cities, including Bismarck, now have a few stations.
DOT is asking people to comment on priorities and priorities as it develops its statewide plan.