The Biden-Harris Administration has announced $623 million in grants under the Bipartisan Infrastructure law to help expand the EV charging network and hydrogen refueling stations in the U.S. The initiative aims to support the construction of 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S. in pursuit of Biden Administration’s goal of creating at least 500,000 public charging stations by 2030, while creating new jobs and facilitating the transition to all-electric transportation. Funding will support the construction of EV chargers at major travel corridors as well as community projects.
“America led the arrival of the automotive era, and now we have a chance to lead the world in the EV revolution – securing jobs, savings, and benefits for Americans in the process,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This funding will help ensure that EV chargers are accessible, reliable, and convenient for American drivers, while creating jobs in charger manufacturing, installation, and maintenance for American workers.”
The grants were announced as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, and will fund 47 new electric vehicle charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico. Funds include $312 million for 11 Alternative Fuel Corridor projects to fill in gaps in the national charging and alternative fueling network, as well as $311 million for 36 community projects that will invest in new EV charging and hydrogen fuel infrastructure in urban and rural communities, including two Indian Tribes in Alaska and Arizona.
Some of the projects selected include:
- $10 million for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for new electric vehicle chargers in disadvantaged communities and rural areas
- $15 million for the Maryland Clean Energy Center to construct 87 electric vehicle chargers in urban, suburban, and low- and moderate-income communities
- $70 million for the North Central Texas Council of Governments for up to five hydrogen fueling stations for medium- and heavy-duty freight trucks
- $15 million for Contra Costa County in California for 52 quick chargers and 60 Level 2 chargers
“Every community across the nation deserves access to convenient and reliable clean transportation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Biden-Harris Administration is bringing an accessible, made-in-America charging network into thousands of communities while cutting the carbon pollution that is driving the climate crisis.”