U.S. Boosts EV Network with $623M Grants

The Biden-Harris Administration has recently announced a significant investment of $623 million in grants. This funding is a strategic move to expand the electric vehicle (EV) charging network throughout the United States. The initiative aims to facilitate more American drivers in conveniently charging their EVs at various locations, including their homes, workplaces, and shopping areas.

Key Highlights:

  • $623 Million Grant: Aimed to create a vast and efficient EV charging network.
  • Focus on American Jobs: The expansion emphasizes employing American workers in the EV sector.

See also: The Biden-Harris Administration Now Accepting Applications for a $2.5 Billion EV Charging Program

Detailed Insights:

  • The Administration’s plan includes establishing over 500,000 publicly accessible EV chargers by 2030. This ambitious target aligns with the broader goal of creating a reliable, affordable, and domestically produced network of EV chargers.
  • Under President Biden, the EV market has seen remarkable growth, with EV sales quadrupling and a 70% increase in available charging ports. Over 4 million EVs are currently on American roads.
  • The investment is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. This program will support 47 projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico, adding approximately 7,500 EV charging ports.
  • The CFI program supplements the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program. NEVI focuses on establishing a core network of high-speed EV chargers along national highways.
  • The funding also supports the Justice40 Initiative, ensuring that 40% of the benefits from federal investments reach disadvantaged communities.

Selected Projects:

  • Community Projects: $311 million allocated for 36 community-based projects, including two Indian Tribes in Alaska and Arizona, focusing on EV charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.
  • Corridor Projects: $312 million for projects along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors to fill gaps in the national charging network.

Administration’s Comments:

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasized America’s leading role in the EV revolution, ensuring job creation and benefits for Americans.
  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm highlighted the commitment to accessible clean transportation and addressing the climate crisis.

Project Examples:

  • New Jersey: $10 million for EV charging stations in multi-family housing and rural areas.
  • Maryland: $15 million to build 87 EV charging stations in diverse communities.
  • Texas: $70 million for hydrogen fueling stations for freight trucks in major cities.
  • California: $15 million for EV chargers at county library branches.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s funding marks a significant step in developing a comprehensive and accessible EV charging network across the U.S. This initiative not only addresses the growing demand for EV infrastructure but also supports American job creation and environmental sustainability.


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