Arizona’s third-largest city gets $11.9 million federal boost for EV charging stations

January 17, 2024

The city of Mesa, Arizona, will receive $11.9 million to add 48 more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support the city’s EV infrastructure and Climate Action Plan. The federal jolt is part of a broader $623 million nationwide push to furnish 500,000 chargers to the public by 2030.   

The grants stem from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program. The competitive funding program will build 7,500 EV charging ports and fund 47 EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico. 

“These initiatives will ensure that EV charging is accessible to all residents, regardless of their location or employment,” U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton said in a letter supporting the project to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.   

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is awarding $311 million to 36 projects supporting EV charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in urban and rural communities. Another $312 million spanning 11 projects will be directed toward supporting roadways designated as Alternative Fuel Corridors.   

The grant will support installing charging centers in underserved communities, a NEVI-compliant major regional highway charging hub and a public fleet charging station in the city’s employment industrial zone. Construction of the EV chargers supported by CFI funds must meet the same minimum standards by The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure or NEVI program, which requires that EV chargers are made in America and installed and maintained in alignment with strong workforce standards.

Additionally, new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the 36th largest US city will include e-bike and e-scooter charging docks, as well as solar canopies for power generation. Stanton told Secretary Buttigieg the grant would be an “essential step” toward achieving the goals of Mesa’s adopted Climate Action Plan, which includes halving greenhouse gas emissions from city operations by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.  

Arizona had 65,780 registered electric vehicles at the end of 2022, making it the state with the eight-highest number of EV registrations nationwide, according to federal data.

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Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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