State and local officials at Circle K in Richmond broke ground on the first electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station in the southeastern United States built with federal funds from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program.

Proposals are being submitted to install up to 16 additional stations along Kentucky’s interstates and parkways using NEVI funding. The groundbreaking began the first phase of the state’s EV Charging Program, which aims to add up to 40 new fast charging stations by 2025 along Kentucky’s interstates and parkways.

Kentucky will receive nearly $70 million from the federal NEVI Program established through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) oversees the program’s implementation and is responsible for administering the funds.

“The number of registered EVs in Kentucky continues to grow, and we want to ensure current and future owners have a reliable network of charging stations to support long-distance EV travel,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.

The Circle K Richmond location is one of two awarded sites Circle K will own and operate and is an example of the fast-charging stations to be built across the state. Circle K was awarded $536,600 through the EV Charging Program for the $670,750 project. Circle K was also selected to install an EV fast-charging station in Berea and construction will soon follow.  Discretionary Grant Program funds are also available for local governments and entities interested in building stations on and off the AFC system.

This article appears on page 4 of the March 2024 issue of HJ. To subscribe to digital delivery each month, click here.