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5 C-Store Sites Among 15 New Fast-Charging Grant Awards in Utah

$43 million project planned for completion by end of 2024
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Utah will double its fast-charging capacity by the end of 2024 with 15 new sites awarded funding via grants through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

By the end of 2024, electric vehicle owners will be able to travel anywhere along Utah’s interstates, U.S. 6 and U.S. 191, with access to modern, fast chargers, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) said.

“The future is coming, and these 15 new fast charging sites will ensure Utah will be ready for it,” UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras said. “Building out the statewide charging network really opens the door to let Utahns choose to travel where they want, when they want, in the way they want.”

The number of EVs in Utah has grown by an average of 48% year over year since 2015—and the growth rate is climbing.

“To meet this growing need, together with the Utah Office of Energy Development, UDOT advertised 15 strategic site locations,” UDOT said. “In response, private entities submitted 75 applications to match their private fund with NEVI funding.”

Conditional awards have been announced for four Maverik convenience-store sites and one Pilot travel center. They are:

  • Maverik: Fillmore, Price/Wellington, Monticello, Tremonton
  • Pilot Flying J Travel Center: Snowville

The other 10 sites are:

  • Rocky Mountain Power: Bluff, Coalville, Cove Fort, Ivie Creek, Layton/Ogden, Moab, Tie Fork
  • Tesla: Nephi
  • Utah.Energy: Delle (Interstate 80), Thompson Springs

The chargers will be owned and operated by private companies and have 24/7 availability to the public.

“Creating a charging network of this magnitude requires a team effort between the federal government, the state of Utah and private businesses,” UDOT said. “Utah is receiving about $36 million in federal funding, and combined with a minimum 20% private match, the program is expected to invest a total of $43 million.”

In this first phase of the program, about $17.5 million will be invested in providing the traveling public with access to fast EV charging every 50 miles along Utah’s interstate highways, UDOT said. No state taxpayer dollars are being used in this phase, as UDOT is entering into public-private partnerships to implement the project.

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