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$623 Million in Grants for EV Charging Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced grants totaling $623 million for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure nationwide. "We're at a moment now where the electric vehicle revolution isn't coming, it is very much here," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

The funds will support 47 projects across 22 states and Puerto Rico. This should create around 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations.

"This charging infrastructure is making sure that everyone from the local business owner to a freight truck operator can conveniently and reliably get where they need to go," said Shailen Bhatt, the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

Notable projects include:

  • a $10 million grant to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for building charging stations in multi-family housing in disadvantaged and rural communities.

  • The Maryland Clean Energy Center will receive $15 million to establish around 90 EV charging stations across the state.

  • Contra Costa County in California will use a $15 million grant to install chargers at libraries.

  • Energy Northwest is set to receive $15 million for installing chargers in western Washington State and northern Oregon.

  • The Chilkoot Indian Association in Alaska will benefit from a $1.4 million grant for EV charging stations in the town of Haines.

"As a product of America's industrial Midwest, I take very personally the importance of the fact that America led the world in the automotive revolution," said Buttigieg on Wednesday. "We're very much at the point of needing to assess whether [EVs] will, in fact, be made in America by American workers and whether the benefits will reach all Americans. President Biden's policies are about making sure that the answer to both of those questions is yes."

The funding originates from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

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