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New RFI to Gather Feedback from Consumers, Local Governments on Potential Update to EV Charging Standards.

March 6, 2024

President Biden speaks at Flat Irons Campus in Colorado about energy investments.

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to build out a convenient, reliable, made-in-America national network of EV chargers, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from stakeholders on updating its minimum standards and requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. With the implementation of J3400™, a new standard for charging EVs published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), any supplier or manufacturer can use and deploy the Tesla-developed North America Charging Standard (NACS) connector, which a majority of automakers have announced they will adopt on vehicles beginning in 2025.

As part of the RFI, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation along with the FHWA and the U.S. Department of Energy are seeking additional information in several key areas:

  1. Expectations surrounding market availability for J3400 within EVs and EV chargers.

  2. Technical compatibility of J3400 with existing regulations.

  3. Considerations regarding challenges and benefits of the implementation of J3400 at charging stations.

  4. Market demands for the continued availability of Combined Charging System (CCS) and J1772 connectors.

  5. Potential options for performance-based standards that can reduce the need for future regulatory updates or changes as technology evolves.

This RFI will help inform how FHWA can ensure new technology and innovation, like J3400, are incorporated into its minimum standards and requirements for federally funded EV charging stations ensuring the available network of EV chargers meets the needs of consumers. Under President Biden’s leadership, EV sales have more than quadrupled, the number of publicly available charging ports has grown by 80 percent, and more than 4 million EVs are now on the road. Federal agencies will seek additional feedback from stakeholders on electrified heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) later this year.

Comments must be received on or before April 5, 2024. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.