EV Infrastructure Implementation

EV Infrastructure Implementation

RFP for EV Infrastructure Implementation

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on January 19, 2024, to design, build, operate, and maintain EV charging infrastructure that would fill in gaps along the interstate alternative fuel corridors (AFCs) under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The RFP closed on April 19, 2024.

Prospective Proposers should continue to monitor this page to receive ongoing communications and updates. Questions related to the procurement can be sent to:

Pre-proposal Conference
RFP Documents
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Addendum 1:
Original (old versions):

ADOT EV Infrastructure Implementation FAQs

Charging Fees and User Experience

Will there be a fee to use EV chargers? If so, how much will it be and will this be set by ADOT or the private developer?

The private developer of the stations will determine the fee for using the electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The fee will be based on a set $/kilowatt hour (kWh).

How will I know what price I will pay for charging my vehicle?

The price for charging must be displayed prior to initiating a charging transaction. It must be the real-time price and cannot change during the charging session. Any other fees must be clearly displayed and explained.

What is the private developer allowed to do with the income from the chargers?

Developers are limited to using program income for local electricity costs, operations and maintenance costs, the cost of the EV equipment and financing and associated debt service, and a reasonable return on investment.

What payment options will be available?

Developers are required to provide for secure payment methods, accessible to persons with disabilities, which at a minimum shall include a contactless payment method that accepts major debit and credit cards, and either an automated toll-free phone number or a short message/messaging system (SMS) that provides the electric vehicle charging customer with the option to initiate a charging session and submit payment.

Will I be able to use my current charging membership to pay?

It’s too early to determine this since we haven’t selected charging providers yet. Providers will be expected to have multiple payment options and not require a membership to charge.

How will I know where the stations are located?

The 2022 ADOT EV Plan and its updates will identify the approximate locations of the electric vehicle charging stations. Once in operation, we anticipate that charging station operators will provide information to a third-party charging app to support an online mapping system to help users find stations.

How will ADOT ensure the EV charging stations are working?

The private developers of the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations must meet a minimum requirement of 97% uptime. The station developers will be required to provide quarterly and annual performance data to ADOT for review. Should a developer not meet that requirement, ADOT could withhold funds during the operations and maintenance period until such time as the developer brings the charging station into compliance. Developers must also meet specific response times related to outages or damage to the EV charging station.

Will I be able to reserve a charging station?

It’s too early to determine this since we haven’t selected charging providers yet. Developers may include this in their proposals.

Will ADOT receive any revenues from the charging fees?

No, ADOT will not receive any share of the charging fee revenues.

How will ADOT determine a reasonable rate of return for the developer?

ADOT is still in the process of finalizing the contract language and requirements. As part of the evaluation process, we plan to ask station developers for their cost and pricing structure for each station, which can be used as a basis for comparison among the proposers.

Can you explain the rule that chargers have a 97% up time?

A charging port is considered “up” when its hardware and software are both online and available for use, or in use, and the charging port successfully dispenses electricity in accordance with requirements for minimum power level. DCFC charging ports must support output voltages between 250 volts DC and 920 volts DC. DCFCs located along and designed to serve users of designated AFCs must have a continuous power delivery rating of at least 150 kilowatt (kW) and supply power according to an EV's power delivery request up to 150 kW, simultaneously from each charging port at a charging station. These corridor-serving DCFC charging stations may conduct power sharing so long as each charging port continues to meet an EV's request for power up to 150 kW.

What amenities will ADOT require station developers to include?

ADOT expects to have the station developer include the availability of basic amenities at the stations, such as nearby restrooms, lighting, security cameras and emergency call information. 

Will ADOT require the station developers to have shade or pull through stations?

No, these items will be optional add-ons that developers may include in their proposals.

Will solar or batteries be utilized to supplement the power at the EV charging stations?

These items will be optional add-ons that developers may include in their proposals.

EV Infrastructure Implementation

When is the bidding process and who do I contact to get on the list of potential bidders?

ADOT issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) in January 2024. Solicitation information and the RFP are posted at /ev-infrastructure-implementation.
Please fill out and submit the EV Infrastructure Project Partners Form to be placed on the Directory on the Arizona Electric Vehicle Program webpage.

Will ADOT release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) before the Request for Proposals (RFP)?

No, ADOT is doing a one-step, “best value” evaluation procurement process.

How long will the RFP be “on the street”?

ADOT plans to allow ample time for prospective contractors to develop their proposals—we anticipate 90 days.

How many RFPs and contracts will ADOT develop? How many contract bundles will there be?

ADOT released a single Request for Proposals (RFP) for the interstate alternative fuel corridors as represented by the 2022 ADOT EV Deployment Plan. Up to 21 sites will be awarded during this first round. Information on bundling and other requirements will be included in the RFP.

How will ADOT score the proposals, especially for amenities not required by the final rule?

These details are included in the Request for Proposals.

Does my company need to register anywhere prior to proposing on the anticipated RFP?

Yes, and that information is provided in the Request for Proposals.

Is there any GIS or other data available for prospective bidders to review?

ADOT's interstate GIS data can be found following this link and filtering the data to DirectionalPrefix = I.

As part of the Request for Proposals (RFP), ADOT will make available any reference information, including GIS data, that would help potential proposers evaluate sites and develop their proposals. This reference information is posted at the same location as the RFP.