Quick Look At The EV Charging Corridors Established By The Federal Highway Administration

10 months ago by Mark Kane 38

Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017 (source: energy.gov)

Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017 (source: energy.gov)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now providing interactive maps for America’s Alternative Fuel Corridors.

West Coast Electric Highway charging station

West Coast Electric Highway charging station

Those corridors will have charging/refueling stations available for alternative fuel vehicles along their routes.  And as it turns out (to no one’s surprise), electricity is the most extensive option among the alternatives.

In case of EV charging, the goal for the routes is to provide both public DC fast charging and at least one AC Level 2 charging station for every 50 miles (or less) of road, and within 5 miles from the highway.

“The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors for vehicles that are fueled with compressed natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). These corridors have alternative refueling sites along a designated route on the National Highway System. The routes highlighted in green already have proper signage and the routes in orange have signage pending. Other routes have been proposed to be added to the network which is expected to expand in the future. For additional information on these Alternative Fuel Corridors, go to the FHWA website.”

As for the hydrogen corridors (below), they seem to be mostly in pending status only, that is besides a small corridor in California.

Interactive maps:

Hydrogen Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017 (source: energy.gov)

Hydrogen Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017 (source: energy.gov)

source: energy.gov

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38 responses to "Quick Look At The EV Charging Corridors Established By The Federal Highway Administration"

  1. TM says:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Mark. I didn’t know they had maps up yet.

    Wow – lots of work to do. Tesla’s charging network is so much further along and they’ve been working on it for a few years.

  2. Roy_H says:

    I sure hope they don’t waste money on hydrogen. Make them all electric CCS it is the most widely supported by the most manufacturers.

    1. Brandon says:

      You can be sure there will be charging locations with both CCS and CHAdeMO.

  3. hpver says:

    Can anyone give a straightforward translation of what “signage pending” and “signage ready” mean on the maps?
    It doesn’t help when government agencies and business use meaningless phrases like this.

    1. speculawyer says:

      Who needs signs? We need CHARGERS.

      1. ricegf says:

        We need normal people to notice the chargers!

        1. speculawyer says:

          Signs are good but not nearly as important as the chargers. Charger finding apps on phones make the signs less important in the 21st century. But those last few 100 feet can be a pain. It has been many times where I show up at a parking garage with a charger only to spend the next 5 to 10 minutes trying to find the chargers within the garage.

  4. Yogurt says:

    The feds take billions from VW and a pathetic map that covers a tiny fraction of the US is the best they can do??
    Somethung tells me they should have listened to Elon and let him handle the VW deiselgate fiasco and we would have had a real EV charging solution already being implemeted…

  5. speculawyer says:

    Those maps are a national embarrassment.

    But I got to put a lot of the blame on the automakers and auto engineers. They bickered and dragged their feet. They took forever to come up with SAE-CCS. Other than BMW, there are very few CCS compatible cars.

    We are literally years behind where we should be. The car companies shot themselves in the foot and they deserve the whooping that Tesla is giving them.

    1. unlucky says:

      Even counting the i3 as two models (which BMW does, it’s insane) there are more non-BMW CCS models in the US than BMW CCS models.

      SparkEV. Bolt EV.
      e-Golf.

      And soon the two Hyundais, right? Although it might not be fair to count the SparkEV by that point since it’s already off the market and most remaining ones are already leased/sold.

      1. speculawyer says:

        Yeah, VW has the eGolf but it has not sold well. It was a LEAF clone delivered 5 years late.

        GM does have the hottest CCS car with the Volt though. But you can’t say Spark AND Bolt because the Spark EV got the axe as the Bolt started shipping.

        And there are a few others . . . like Ford Focus EV that now has CCS . . . but it barely sells. Stupid Fiat can’t even be bothered to add CCS to their Fiat 500e.

        Due to the foot dragging of the supposed CCS-supporting automakers, Nissan can still boast to be the biggest non Tesla with DC fast-charging.

  6. Get Real says:

    This! Speculawyer.

  7. Adam says:

    Go Oklahoma! Oklahoma Gas and Electric OG&E put up the first CCS/chademo along the highway recently and the second is being build right now!

  8. whereismycoffee says:

    350 kW CCS at rest stops. 2 vendor year contracts. Done.

  9. Larry says:

    The map (when you finally find it) is about as user-UNfriendly as our federal bureaucracy can make it!

  10. Hopefully_helpful says:

    This has nothing to do with the VW lawsuit. This is a direct product of the FAST act, passed long before the VW case. The reason there is a focus on signage is that this is the only thing that FAST act allows FHWA to spend dollars on for these corridors. The designation of a corridor will allow priority consideration for proposed projects under CMAQ if they are along one of these corridors. FHWA can devote additional man hours in support, like education and outreach, but they can’t do things like directly subsidize charging/fueling installations. The ready and pending statuses have to do with the number of chargers/stations currently installed or planned along the corridor. Hope that clears up some confusion!

    1. speculawyer says:

      FAST act? That’s pretty ironic considering how slow they are moving.

    2. Mister G says:

      What is CMAQ? And where would you go to find funding for a DC fast charging station in central Florida?

      1. hpver says:

        Congestion mitigation and air quality. Basically developers and builders have to show that they’ve got elements that improve both to get approval.
        I only know this from encounters with, as always painfully slow-moving, government bureaucracy.

  11. Chas Schultz says:

    Agree with above comments. We should be years ahead of where we are currently.

  12. Nicholas says:

    Will Trump just totally kill our dreams?

    1. Bob L says:

      That’s what it seems like. Trump has been Defunding and dismantling agencies that support alternative fuel and limit greenhouse gas producers by pushing fossil fuel policy to its fullest extent. Even knowing fracking destroys the environment and protected Federal lands were protected for a reason. This is a policy that will line his pockets w cash and kill the human race. He’s even getting rid of the Highway Dept. How does this help Infrastructure? Cronyism

  13. Steven says:

    That map’s not very user friendly on a mobile phone. Good thing I don’t have to depend on it with my life.

  14. ct200h says:

    Have they installed a single charging station?
    what good is signage?

    road sign : EV charging station should be ahead(but its not sorry)

    1. Texas FFE says:

      The federal government is not installing chargers, just signs. But the corridors do prioritize federally guaranteed loans for charging station installations.

      1. Mister G says:

        Can you direct me to federally guaranteed loans for charging stations?

  15. jim stack says:

    Very poor. As others noted Tesla is way ahead and is adding more each day. EVery major highway needs to have Charging.

    1. speculawyer says:

      This is a reason why Tesla’s bold patent offer won’t hurt them much . . . they already have a HUGE advantage over every other company that tries to build long range EVs.

      The Bolt is very nice but if you expect to drive it across the country, good luck. With a Tesla, you KNOW you can drive across the country.

  16. bro1999 says:

    Looks I’ll be all set living in the Mid Atlantic. 🙂

  17. Josh Bryant says:

    Looks like Florida pissed off somebody in DC.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Looks like FL is doing pretty well even without any federal support.

      1. speculawyer says:

        That’s CCS alone, right? That’s actually pretty impressive!

  18. Trollnonymous says:

    What a lame shamefull coverage…..lol

    Here’s what’s going to happen.
    They pop up these locations.
    They will charge a s***load, like 35¢.KWh.
    They will slowly get low on funds and not plan for servicing.
    They will slack off on maintenance and upkeep and we will see intermittent services and EV’ers will not use the stations.
    Then they will say “look, nobody is using them. Why are we spending so much money on this money pit?”

    Then close them all. Typical gooberment BS.
    I give this “corridor” 5-6 years of deployment.

    1. Jason says:

      There’s your problem right there. “They will charge a s***load, like 35¢.KWh.
      They will slowly get low on funds and not plan for servicing.”

      What is the price people should pay for charging? Most places I go have free charging, bit spoilt at the moment, but as EV’s become mainstream then that may have to change. At the moment you can only get gas at the station, so you pay their prices. But with EV you charge at home 90% of the time, and then it is cheap off peak rate or free solar. Having to pay significantly more at the charger doesn’t sit well with us.

      But these companies have to cover all their cost. It seems like it is doomed to failure.
      Tesla got it right by building the cost into the price of their luxury car, but even they recognise that model does not work for consumer priced cars.

      Maybe need a paradigm shift. Maybe electric companies should install the chargers and rather than pay at the charger it is built into the global cost of electricity (at least the infrastructure costs), that way you still pay a relatively cheap price at the pump and everyone pays on their electricity account. Maybe that account goes up $10 or $20 per month, but now the whole system is sustainable and attractive to use.

      By the way, I pay 35¢/kWh for my on peak electricity, so 35¢ sounds just fine to me, and probably too low for sustainability.

  19. unlucky says:

    People are looking at this list and thinking it constitutes all chargers. It doesn’t. Not even all DCFCs. It’s just a list of federal corridors.

    As mentioned there are 119 locations in Northern California alone (many with two chargers). And that’s just SAE CCS. Add CHAdeMO and it is almost double that.

    1. speculawyer says:

      That is very true. But it would be nice if there was some organized effort to install DC fast-chargers so that long distance travel can be done. I guess VW & BMW did something for going up and down the east and west coasts.

      But it would be nice if more of America got an organized DC fast-charge system instead of just having DC fast-chargers install haphazardly with no thought about creating long supported corridors.