Arkansas secures $15 million for EV charging stations

Row of EV chargers at an EVP station (Walmart)

A total of 19 locations in Arkansas will receive $15 million in federal funding for electric vehicle charging stations as part of a national network along designated highways, the state Department of Transportation announced.

The funding for the projects comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

The plan calls for adding 500,000 EV chargers across 53,000 miles of highway in the U.S. through 2026.

The goal is to eliminate concerns about running out of power in the middle of a long trip, which is a worry that currently keeps many people from purchasing electric vehicles or using them on road trips. Officials said building out a reliable and convenient network will lead to more adoption of EV technology, which could reduce greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.

The funding can only be used for EV charging infrastructure that is open to the public or to authorized commercial motor vehicle operators from more than one company, and cannot be used for other improvements to a state’s highway system.

The awarded projects are listed below: