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Kentucky’s EV Charging Station RFP

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Division of Purchases has issued a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for Kentucky’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program to install up to 16 additional stations along Kentucky's interstates and parkways. The purpose of the RFP is to seek proposals for the planning, deployment, operation, and maintenance of Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Stations (EVSE Stations) throughout Kentucky, as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. This step builds on KYTC’s previous announcement last year to award $15.4 million to seven developers to build stations at 24 sites across the state.

This solicitation and any attachments and addenda can be found on the Kentucky Vendor Self-Service website. Account registration is not needed to access the RFP solicitation.

To view these documents:

  • Click “View Published Solicitations.”
  • In the Keyword Search enter 2400000175 and click “Search.”
  • Click the hyperlinked RFP-605 2400000175-1 to view the solicitation.
  • Click on the “Attachments” tab to download all associated documents.

Proposers are welcome to formally submit questions regarding the RFP, which must be submitted in accordance with Section 2.3. Questions are due no later than March 20, 2024, and should be submitted via email to Laura.Hagan@ky.gov.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time/4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time on April 19, 2024. The full selection process schedule can be found in Section 2.2.

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24 New Fast Charging Stations Coming to Kentucky

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Electric Vehicles in Kentucky

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future and our state is at the center of the revolution. Kentucky will soon be home to several of the largest EV battery manufacturing facilities in the nation. With this investment comes thousands of high-paying jobs, numerous supporting businesses and new business opportunities for Kentuckians.  

Kentuckians are also beginning to purchase EVs. The EV market share of all Kentucky vehicle sales in the first half of 2022 was four times the market share of three years ago. This extraordinary growth is expected to continue, with the EV share of the market predicted to reach 20% by the end of the decade. This means that in less than 10 years, 1 out of every 5 vehicles purchased in Kentucky will be electric.  

Kentucky’s EV Vision

Kentucky’s vision is for a reliable, accessible, convenient, and affordable EV charging network that supports transportation choices, energy diversification, economic development, and environmental sustainability for all Kentuckians.

EV Charging Program

As more Americans and Kentuckians are interested in purchasing EVs, having a reliable network in place to support long-distance travel is key to giving drivers the confidence to roam. Kentucky was allotted nearly $70 million in federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand EV chargers over the next five years.

The creation and update of the EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan are requirements to unlocking funding to build infrastructure along Alternative Fuel Corridors. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Energy and Environment Cabinet, in partnership with the Public Service Commission and Federal Highway Administration, developed and submitted the plan in May 2022. It was approved in September of 2022 by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy (Joint Office), securing federal funds for five years with the first $25 million available immediately. The latest plan was submitted July 30, 2023, and approved September 29, 2023. This secures the funding for FY 2024.

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Discover what’s next for Kentucky with economic development across the EV landscape. From jobs to automotive industry sales and registration projections, discover what’s in store for Kentucky charging ahead.

“Kentucky was already a leader in automotive production and now has become the EV battery production capital of the United States”

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