NORTH LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment (E&E) is accelerating the final disbursement of funding for Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. The Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (ESVE) Program is open to government, private, and non-profit entities across the state. The Level 2 EVSE Program was launched in 2021. Since the launch of the rebate program, E&E has provided reimbursements for 137 charging stations and $629,316 in rebate dollars. Reimbursed charging stations were installed in fifty-six locations covering fourteen counties across the state.
“Anyone in Arkansas who wants access to drive electric vehicles should have no worries about the accessibility of charging their vehicle, no matter where they live within the state,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “This continued push for expanding the reach of Electric Vehicle infrastructure will make sure Arkansas is fully equipped for innovative technologies.”
E&E Cabinet Secretary Becky W. Keogh said, “I couldn’t be any more excited about broadening EV infrastructure across our state. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, we made the decision to make the last round of funding available now for the public. I’m encouraging all entities that have installed charging stations after February of this year, to apply for reimbursement. Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
The Level 2 EVSE Program provides rebates for the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and is open to both public and private applicants across the state. Level 2 stations can charge electric vehicles in eight hours or less using a 240-volt output. To learn more about the program and to find out if your company qualifies, visit the Level 2 EVSE webpage.As a result of the success of the Level 2 EVSE Program, E&E will launch “AR Charge” in 2023. AR Charge will build on the success of the Level 2 EVSE Program, continuing the expansion of Level 2 charging infrastructure across the state. Program details will be announced in January 2023.
Funding for the Level 2 EVSE Program is part of the $14.6 million awarded to Arkansas through the Volkswagen Settlement. For more information about all of the Arkansas programs funded by the settlement, visit https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/.