Wyoming to Request Exemptions for Federal EV Charge Program
May 9, 2022—The Wyoming Department of Transportation will ask the federal government for a few exemptions as it works to plan the state's EV charging network.
The federal government's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan requires a state that use federal grant money to place an EV charging station every 50 miles along its interstate highways. According to a report from Cowboy State Daily, Wyoming officials say that would be excessive.
WYDOT Director Luke Reiner said during a meeting cited in the report that there are several 50-mile stretches along Wyoming interstate that don't even have a gas station. He added that studies conducted by the department show a typical EV charger in Wyoming would average less than one visit per day, which is "far below" the 36 daily visits needed to make one of those chargers profitable.
Per the report, WYDOT data shows there are only 477 registered EVs in the state, with an "overwhelming majority" of those being in Teton and Laramie counties.