White House Sets EV Charging Goals - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  December 14, 2021

White House Sets EV Charging Goals

The White House released an EV Charging Action Plan to outline steps federal agencies are taking to support developing and deploying chargers in American communities across the country. 

As a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation will establish a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation focused on deploying EV infrastructure. The initial focus will be building a convenient, reliable public charging network that can build public confidence with a focus on filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach locations.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the most transformative investment in EV charging in U.S. history that will put us on the path to a convenient and equitable network of 500,000 chargers and make EVs accessible to all Americas for both local and long-distance trips. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $5 billion in formula funding for states with a goal to build a national charging network - 10% is set aside each year for the Secretary to provide grants to States to help fill gaps in the network. 

The law also provides $2.5 billion for communities and corridors through a competitive grant program that will support innovative approaches and ensure that charger deployment meets Administration priorities such as supporting rural charging, improving local air quality and increasing EV charging access in disadvantaged communities. This is the largest-ever U.S. investment in EV charging and will be a transformative down payment on the transition to a zero emission future.

This network will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles for all private consumers and commercial fleets, including those who cannot reliably charge at their home that can improve our air quality, reduce emissions, put us on a path to net zero emissions by no later than 2050, and position U.S. industries to lead global efforts. The network will also target equity benefits for disadvantaged communities, reducing mobility and energy burdens while also creating jobs and supporting businesses.

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