Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program Overview
The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program (CFI) provides funding to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure. The CFI program consists of two grant categories:
- Community Program: to install electric vehicle charging and alternative fuel infrastructure in locations on public roads, schools, parks, and in publicly accessible parking facilities. The Community Program prioritizes rural areas as well as low and moderate income neighborhoods with low ratios of private parking or high ratios of multi-unit dwellings.
- Corridor Program: to deploy EV charging and hydrogen/propane/natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors.
The Local Infrastructure Hub is highlighting the CFI grant recently awarded for the Southeast to Southwest Ohio Responsive Interregional Deployment of Electrification Solutions (RIDES) Community Project. This project, focused on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, is being taken on by a coalition of 29 partners, led by the Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) and the City of Athens.
Fast Facts on Southeast to Southwest Ohio RIDES
|Total # of registered passenger vehicles in Ohio
|Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered in Ohio
|Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered (Dayton region)
|Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered (rural communities in Ohio)
Note: *Data in this table is from the Ohio Alternative Fuel Vehicle Registration Dashboard | DriveOhio, as of Feb 2024. **This refers to hybrid vehicles registered in communities referred to as “other” on the dashboard and not falling within identified MSAs.
Considerations for municipal leaders
- What are your community’s goals for access to EV and alternative fuels?
- What funding sources are available and eligible for EV charging infrastructure?
- What partnership opportunities exist for application, implementation, and deployment? Who will lead the effort? Will you engage a private sector partner?
- How can your municipality ensure that EV charging infrastructure is geographically distributed to provide equitable access?
- Do zoning laws need to be revised to allow and/or promote EV charging installations?
- How can public assets, like municipal buildings, parking spaces, or rights-of-way be used for EV charging?