Biden Administration Releases Plan To Build 500,000 EV Charging Stations
On December 13, the Biden Administration released a federal strategy to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country with the goal of bringing down the cost of electric vehicle ownership.
The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which sets aside $5 billion for states to build the charging stations and provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural and disadvantaged communities.
As part of the plan, the White House announced the formation of a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation overseen by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), as outlined in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The U.S. DOT and DOE will also be establishing a new Advisory Committee on Electric Vehicles with plans to appoint members by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
In addition, DOT released a Request for Information (RFI) titled Development of Guidance for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment.
The RFI seeks input from stakeholders on implementation of the $2.5 billion competitive grant program for alternative fuel charging infrastructure and $5 billion for state formula grants for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure included in the IIJA.
Comments will be accepted until January 28, 2022.