Building Forward Better – President Biden, DOT, DOE Announce $5B National EV Charging Network

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on President Biden, DOT, DOE Announce $5B National EV Charging Network

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The US Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced ~$5 billion will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build aa national electric vehicle charging network. Without question this is an important step towards making electric vehicle (EV) charging accessible to all Americans. (AutoInformed: First Wireless EV Charging Road Slated for Michigan; EVs – at $7B GM Makes Largest Announcement in History)

The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System – itself the product of forward thinking by the Eisenhower Administration and with a history of innovative and effective big-government Federal support going back to 1916. (AutoInformed: Washington Diddles. India Puts Billions into Securing EV Jobs)

The total amount available to states in Fiscal Year 2022 under the NEVI Formula Program is $615 million. States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and under-served communities, will be announced later this year.

 “A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”

To access these new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds – and to help ensure a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging for all users – each state is required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that describes how the state intends to use its share of NEVI Formula Program funds consistent with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance.

These plans are expected to build on Alternative Fuel Corridors that nearly every state has designated over the past six years of this program. These corridors will be the spine of the new national EV charging network. The Joint Office will play a large role in the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program by providing direct technical assistance and support to help states develop their plans before they are reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which administers the funding.

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2 Responses to Building Forward Better – President Biden, DOT, DOE Announce $5B National EV Charging Network

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  2. The State of Michigan is expected to receive $110 million over 5 years in formula funding to support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, made possible by passage of the federal bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration will invest $5 billion in formula funding across the country to build the first-ever national network of EV chargers.

    Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Michigan is expected to receive $110 million over 5 years in formula funding to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help the state continue leading the future of mobility and electrification. We have a historic opportunity to put Michigan first and use the billions in funding we are expected to receive to support thousands of good-paying clean energy jobs, make electric vehicles more accessible and affordable and usher in a new era of prosperity for our state. And make no mistake, we plan to go after every competitive grant we can to ensure Michigan remains at the forefront of EV infrastructure and manufacturing.
    (Gretchen Whitmer is Governor of Michigan – Editor)

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