Designated Alternative Fuel Corridors for Electric Vehicles

Designated Alternative Fuel Corridors for Electric Vehicles

Designated Alternative Fuel Corridors for Electric Vehicles

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  1. What does this really mean though?

    For example, I live in Milwaukee where both I94 and I43 are on this map as “Ready Corridor”. Both highways even have physical signs that say “EV Charging Route”. But there is very little meaningful non-Tesla EV fast charging infrastructure.

    Milwaukee and Madison each have EA’s. But Green Bay currently has one 24kw DC at a Ford dealer.

    There are a handful of lvl 2’s at shopping malls, car dealers, and hotels in between. Useful if you’re stopping for hours. Less so if you’re traveling through.

    Point is, it’s great to identify where charging is needed. But I’ll believe it when I see it and can plug into it.

  2. What I find interesting is that these seem to be determined on a state by state basis. For example, state highways in Colorado all continue into neighboring states, but the NEVI designations for those routes stop at the borders. Same for a lot of other states. You’ll have plenty of chargers in one state, but as soon as you cross the border, it kind of ends.

    Might be good if the feds coordinate this a bit more to provide better travel between states.

  3. This would be very disheartening to see for any EV owner or prospective owner of any other EV brand than Tesla.

    This is what I bring up with my wife when she talks about a Rivian or Ford Lightning as our next EV. I’m confident of being able to get nearly anywhere in the Continental US in our Teslas; We would be hard pressed to make our couple of time a year trip from Tampa to Ohio in either of those vehicles due to lack of reliable charge network, particularly on I-75 between Atlanta and Cincinatti.

  4. This needs since context badly. . .

    For example I live in Florida; you can get from Marathon to Orlando using the turnpike and also from Palm Beach to Fort Myers without stopping with charging stations easily available on either end; but these are still only a pending corridors.

  5. This doesn’t mean much without context.

    What it means is these are the corridors that will be prioritized for the federal EV charging program (NEVI) under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It doesn’t mean all of them will get chargers. But states can only use the NEVI money along these corridors until a state’s corridors are filled out (with four plugs per site, 150 kW each, within a mile of the exit, with 50-mile spacing).

  6. I use the AFDC API for a few side project things, and one thing that is _very_ clear to me is that they need to collect much finer detailed data. The corridors data is just flat out wrong in a lot of places because their qualification for an alternative fuel corridor (presuming you limit to EVs only) means any charging infrastructure at all even if you can’t use it.

    The 50 miles between stations includes _any_ type of station. Making matters worse, it draws a straight line on the highway and doesn’t consider what might be awaiting you on the other side. So, as an example, in NH if you drive up I-93 you can charge at the mall in Manchester, NH. Then as you go north you can access _some_ of the Nissan and Chevy dealer chargers, but not all. There are no additional DCFC all the way up I-93 until it meets I-91 in Vermont, where there is also no DCFC.

    Another problem that the AFDC data has is that it does not collect, or at least doesn’t expose via the API, what the charging speed is for a particular location or charger outlet. So you get a lot of very slow locations when you dig into the “J1772COMBO” results. This needs to be changed, and possibly even be added as a filter parameter to the request.

  7. Illinois is super wrong on the midstate “ready” corridor. There’s an EA station in Bloomington, and one in Geneseo (near the Iowa border). Those are the only two high speed chargers between the eastern and western borders of Illinois along I-74. 207 miles from Danville in the east to the station in Geneseo. Sure, you can make it from point A to B in most EVs on the market. But if you’re traveling within those areas, it’s a little nerve wracking.

  8. I’m on a “ready corridor” just north of Atlanta and there are already a lot of chargers here. There is an EA charging bank, an EVGo charging bank, and several stores with multiple Volta chargers all close to the interstate and all within 15 miles.

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