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November 15, 2023
Grant brings electric vehicle charging station to Tooele County freeway

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program will fund 15 new electric vehicle charging stations along Utah’s interstate freeways.

One of those 15 stations will be located in Tooele County at Delle.

UDOT announced on Tuesday, Nov. 14, the awarding of grants through the NEVI program to build out the state’s electric vehicle charging network. By the end of next year, electric vehicle owners will be able to travel anywhere along Utah’s interstates with access to modern, fast chargers. 

“The future is coming, and these 15 new fast charging sites will help ensure Utah will be ready for it,” said UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras. “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 new sites will double Utah’s electric vehicle fast charging network and make it easier for Utahns in electric vehicles to travel anywhere along Utah’s interstates

Since 2015, the number of EVs in Utah has grown by an average of 48 percent year over year, and the rate of growth is climbing. To meet this growing need, together with the Utah Office of Energy Development, UDOT advertised 15 strategic site locations. In response, private entities submitted 75 applications to match their private fund with NEVI funding. 

Conditional awards have been announced for the following sites: Snowville – Pilot Flying J Travel Center, Tremonton – Maverik, Layton/Ogden – Rocky Mountain Power, Delle (I-80) – Utah.Energy, Coalville – Rocky Mountain Power, Nephi – Tesla, Tie Fork – Rocky Mountain Power, Price/Wellington – Maverik, Fillmore – Maverik, Ivie Creek – Rocky Mountain Power, Moab – Rocky Mountain Power, Thompson Springs – Utah.Energy, Cove Fort – Rocky Mountain Power, Monticello – Maverik and Bluff – Rocky Mountain Power.

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. 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. 

No state taxpayer dollars are being used in this phase, as UDOT is entering into public-private partnerships to implement the project.

Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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