Contributed Photo/Courtesy ADOT
Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is adding seven state highway corridors to its planned network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, expanding beyond the initial 2022 plan that focused on interstate highways.
The additional corridors are part of ADOT’s 2023 Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan Update, which the public can learn about and comment on at a virtual meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. To register and receive a link to participate, please visit azdot.gov/AZEVJuly18.
The recommended plan to build a reliable statewide network of EV charging stations spaced no more than 50 miles apart includes the following additional highways:
- State Route 87 from Mesa to Payson
- SR 260 from Payson to Show Low
- SR 347 from just south of Phoenix to Maricopa
- US 89 from Flagstaff to the Utah state line
- SR 64 from Williams to the Grand Canyon
- SR 95 from Quartzsite to Interstate 40
- US 93 from Kingman to the Nevada state line
The evolving EV charging network plan is part of $76.5 million in federal funding Arizona is eligible to receive through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program. The program encourages the adoption of electric vehicles as viable alternatives to gasoline-powered cars, by building a nationwide network of publicly accessible and reliable fast chargers that will reduce drivers’ concerns about EV range.
ADOT expects to add even more highways and station locations to the charging network in 2024 and 2025 after working with stakeholders, seeking public input, and evaluating a range of criteria.
For more information about the EV plan and additional ways to provide input, visit AZDOT.gov/EVPlan.