Commonwealth Developing EV Spending Plan For Federal Infrastructure Funding

At the January 20 meeting of DEP’s Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition, a presentation was made by PennDOT regarding the plan being developed by the Commonwealth to distribute the several hundred million dollars coming to the state for electric vehicle infrastructure rebates pursuant to the recently enacted federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The priority of these grants is to develop charging stations along designated highway corridors deemed essential to establish a reliable network for travelers.

Pennsylvania has already designated most of the interstates in the state as fitting that category.

PennDOT indicated it would be releasing more information as they take steps to apply for this federal money and subsequent procedures for granting rebates to charging station sites.

PPA will be monitoring this process very carefully, and will argue for a fair distribution of these funds.

At this meeting, DEP presented its plans for the adoption of a regulation that would establish a requirement that auto manufacturers offer a designated percentage of zero emission light duty vehicles in the Commonwealth.

Part of the plan would establish credits for manufacturers meeting those goals. The Department stated it would not include a ban on the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles as is being pursued by the California air agency.

DEP first presented the proposal to its Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee in October.  Read more here.

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