Thirty projects in 16 states and Washington, D.C., will receive $46.5 million in federal aid as part of a push to improve and expand electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide.
The funds will go to projects that will help build a network of 500,000 public EV charging ports by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Specifically, the projects will help entities deploy and maintain clean transit and school bus fleets, enhance charger resiliency to hurricanes and wildfires and extend charging infrastructure to underserved communities, including rural and tribal areas. The funds will also go to projects that validate and test charging equipment and develop jobs and training resources.
“These investments ensure we can meet unique local needs, create good-paying jobs for everyone, innovate new business models, test products thoroughly and work towards our goal of making it easy for everyone to ride and drive electric,” Gabe Klein, executive director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, said in a press release.
The Joint Office will administer the funds, which will come from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Program.
The Central Pines Regional Council – a coalition of governments and other stakeholders based in Durham, North Carolina – will receive the largest award, almost $4 million, for a project designed to improve the user experience of EV charging. The council will work with 26 other Clean Cities Coalitions to develop a training program that state departments of transportation can use to improve EV infrastructure.
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