National 'Alternative Fuel and Electric Charging' Network / Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act – Designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors
FHWA Designates Alternative Fuel Corridors
I-85 and I-40 in North Carolina Make the List!
With the designation of the first alternative fuel corridors, FHWA is establishing a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along national highway system corridors. FHWA intends to support the expansion of this national network through a process that:
- provides the initial opportunity for a formal corridor designation now and in the future on a rolling basis, without a cap on the number of corridors;
- ensures that corridor designations are selected based on criteria that promote the "build out" of a national network;
- develops national signage and branding to help catalyze applicant and public interest;
- encourages multi-State and regional cooperation and collaboration; and,
- brings together a consortium of stakeholders including state agencies, utilities, alternative fuel providers, and car manufacturers to promote and advance alternative fuel corridor designations in conjunction with the Department of Energy.
As one of several partners that supported NCDOT’s August 2016 proposal to FHWA, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition has a direct interest in ensuring that a variety of transportation fueling and vehicle options are available to fleets and individuals in our region and beyond along our major corridors. This announcement from FHWA is the first step in what we perceive to be a longer term “work in progress” to support the growth of fuel diversification for our stakeholders and the state overall.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager) of the CCFC staff if you would like more background on this initiative or wish to discuss ongoing integration of this and related topics into your project and planning efforts.
For quick reference, below are maps pulled from the FHWA website announcing these corridors (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/), by fuel types (Electric and Compressed Natural Gas), for portions of I-85 and I-40.