DOE Allocates $54 Million for EV Charging Infrastructure - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions  -  April 18, 2024

DOE Allocates $54 Million for EV Charging Infrastructure

The Biden-Harris Administration announced a $54 million funding opportunity for EV charging infrastructure through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The funding, called Communities Taking Charge Accelerator, will enhance electric mobility in communities without access to home charging infrastructure and help transition all types of fleets to electric vehicles. It also focuses on developing managed charging solutions to optimize grid efficiency and integrate renewable energy to promote sustainability and economic growth.

The Communities Taking Charge Accelerator is administered by the U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

 “Cities and towns around the country can benefit from this broad funding opportunity that expands access to electric mobility while managing impact on the grid,” said Gabe Klein, Executive Director of the Joint Office, in a statement. “With strategic investments in communities of all sizes, these federal dollars will address barriers to extending access to clean mobility options for individuals without home charging, or those traveling by public transportation, micromobility, ride-hailing, or taxi, while creating tools to optimize transportation electrification on the electrical grid.”

The Communities Taking Charge funding opportunity is available to academic, non-profit, for-profit, and government entities for planning, demonstration, and/or deployment projects that drive innovation in equitable clean transportation. 

The funding topics and objectives are:

  • Solving for No-Home Charging: Expanding Charging Access for Privately Owned E-Mobility by funding e-mobility charging solutions for individuals without access to home charging for their electric vehicles and mobility devices (e.g., cars, e-bikes, e-scooters, electric wheelchairs, etc.),
  • Expanding E-Mobility Solutions through Electrified Micro, Light and Medium-Duty Fleets by funding charging and deployment solutions for electrified ultra-light, micro, light, and medium-duty fleets that transport people through shared rides, shared vehicles (including micromobility), or transit operations, and that transport goods to communities through last mile delivery vehicles, and
  • Managed Charging for Clean Reliable Energy, which funds projects that accelerate solutions in the EV charging ecosystem, including requirements and specifications for end-to-end managed charging functionality, to make the most efficient use of infrastructure and minimize impacts on the electrical grid.


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