Local Programs Division
Phone: (479) 360-7161
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2023 Request for Proposals (Closes on November 27, 2023, at 4 p.m. CST)
2023 Request for Proposals (RFP)
Click here to download the 2023 RFP Packet (includes informational and submittal materials).
Below are Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment (EVID) Program informational materials for your reference. Please review the materials to learn more about the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program, EVID definitions/acronyms, program requirements, Draft Award Agreement (subject to change), Final NEVI Standards, and the Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here to download all required and optional forms. Please download and fill them out before opening the Submission Portal.
Required Submittal Materials
Proposer Certification Statement (Form EVID-04)
Preliminary Site Agreement (Form EVID-05)
Utility Coordination (Form EVID-06)
Responsiveness to Review Criteria Narrative (Form EVID-07)
Site Plan and Design Information Coversheet (Form EVID-08)
Project Budget (Form EVID-09) (November 2023 update)
Financial Requirements Documentation Coversheet (Form EVID-10)
Optional Submittal Materials (Only if applicable)
NEVI Distance Requirements Exception Request (Form EVID-11)
EVID Program Requirements Exception Request (Form EVID-12)
2023 RFP Submission Portal
Please use the link below to submit your submittal materials. If you haven’t already, download and fill out the submittal materials before opening the Submission Portal. The portal does not have a save and close function.
If you are submitting proposals for more than one project, it is required to submit a new proposal each time. For example, each project will need its own submittal materials.
Proposals must be submitted by November 27, 2023, at 4 p.m. (CST) for funding consideration.
Information Session Recording
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) conducted two virtual information sessions to provide eligible proposers with an overview of the EVID RFP and instructions on submitting proposals for funding consideration. Identical information was presented at both sessions, and answers to all questions received by October 18, 2023, are posted in a Frequently Asked Questions (November 2023 update) document.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation’s (ARDOT) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment (EVID) Program is a competitive procurement program charged with distributing NEVI Formula Program funds. During this first year of the EVID Program, funding will be granted to eligible EV charging station projects that fill gaps on Arkansas Interstates and Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) leading to fully built out certification by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Arkansas’ initial allocation of NEVI Formula Program funds are directed by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) rules for use in first building EV charging stations along Arkansas portions of the Federal Interstate Highway system and FHWA designated AFCs. The Arkansas Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan and other resources can be viewed at ardot.gov/evplan.
ARDOT’s EVID program is being released through a Request for Proposals (RFP) to award NEVI Formula Program funding to eligible entities to install, own, operate, maintain, and report on NEVI Formula Program compliant EV charging stations throughout the state. Proposals will be evaluated using criteria outlined in the Responsiveness to Review Criteria Narrative Form (Form EVID-06).
NEVI Formula Program funds will be awarded on a competitive basis and disbursed on a reimbursement basis. The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and 20% non-federal share, including private funding covering each project’s share of ARDOT’s Program Administration Costs, for each project. The main priority in allocating funding is for the construction of EV charging stations. Eligible EVID Program project costs are defined as follows:
- Costs for pre-construction work, including environmental clearance documents, design, and permitting.
- Costs of minor grid updates (work necessary to connect charging station to the electric grid distribution network) including:
- Costs for minor extensions or upgrades to existing power lines.
- Costs to acquire and install on-site electric service equipment (e.g., power meter, transformer, switch gear), including shipping fees and taxes.
- Costs of sureties in the form of Performance bond(s) for 100% and Payment bond(s) for 80% of total project costs extending for the full life of the project contract terms.
- Costs to procure and install new NEVI compliant EV charging station related hardware and software.
- Costs to procure and install, repair, upgrade, or replace existing EV charging equipment to meet NEVI minimum standards and requirements, including costs to upgrade existing EV charging stations to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
- Construction costs for EV charging station installation (as defined under 23 U.S.C. 101(a)(4)), including site restoration after installation, directly related to the EV charging station.
- Costs to install onsite signage for user wayfinding to EV charging stations.
- Fixed operating and maintenance costs (up to five years after the charging station is operational) limited to:
- Charging equipment lease fees (if proposer chooses lease option for charging equipment rather than purchase option). The lease costs are only eligible if paid in advance through a contract.
- Cellular network fees, internet service fees, or similar fees/costs for EV charging station data sharing. This includes, to the extent practicable, costs related to the specific data sharing requirements of this program as well as costs of data sharing on all chargers and charging activities on the EV network funded by this program. Networking costs are only eligible if paid in advance through a fixed contract.
- Hardware and software maintenance and repair costs, including service agreements with third-party contractors and charging equipment manufacturers or warrantors. Service agreements shall be fixed price and paid in advance for the five-year terms of operation of EV charging stations under this program.
- Construction project management costs directly related to EV charging stations.
- Costs of shipping fees and taxes for eligible items.
The NEVI Formula funding is restricted to use on projects that are directly associated with the charging of an electric vehicle. It 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.
NEVI Formula Program funding will be used to fund EV charging station infrastructure Proposals that (1) meet all Federal NEVI and ARDOT NEVI Program Requirements and (2) are located on designated EV AFC Corridors. ARDOT goals for the Program are initially focused on building out AFCs. EV charging service gaps can be viewed on this live map or a KMZ file of the gaps can be downloaded here.
The NEVI Formula Program is a $5 billion program established by the IIJA to build a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations along federally designated AFCs by 2030. The NEVI Formula Program allocated funding to ARDOT from 2022 to 2026 to strategically deploy EV infrastructure and increase access to charging stations across Arkansas. ARDOT will receive $54.1 million in NEVI program funding over five years.
Who is an Eligible Proposer
- Registered Utility in the State of Arkansas, or
- Business registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State, or
- Non-profit entity registered in the State of Arkansas (as defined in Title 26 US Code Section 501(c))
- Tribal Organization (as defined in Title 25 US Code Section 5304 (l)).