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13 Feb 24

US: Environmental and Social Sustainability through Grants

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced a $623 million grants to expand the EV charging network nationwide. This initiative, part of the administration's ambition to reduce emissions, not only creates new jobs but also ensures widespread accessibility to EV charging points.

Project Scope

The grants are made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With 47 EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure projects spanning 22 states and Puerto Rico, the initiative is poised to construct approximately 7,500 EV charging ports, enhancing accessibility for drivers nationwide.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg emphasized the pivotal role of these investments in propelling America to the forefront of the EV transition, creating jobs, and providing economic growth. These funds will not only ensure the accessibility and reliability of EV chargers but also stimulate job growth in charger manufacturing, installation, and maintenance, supporting America's economy.

Supporting disadvantaged communities

The administration's commitment to equity is evident in its allocation of funds. With a focus on disadvantaged communities, over 70% of the grants are directed towards project sites in marginalized areas, aligning with President Biden's Justice40 Initiative. This deliberate effort to address historical disparities ensures that all communities, regardless of socioeconomic status, have the option to use clean transportation.

The Federal Highway Administration's role in awarding grants to both community and corridor projects underscores the inclusive nature of the initiative. By investing in EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in urban, rural, and interstate settings, the administration is laying the groundwork for an interconnected network that spans the nation.

Project selections comprise funding EV charging stations in multi-family housing in New Jersey to establishing hydrogen fueling stations for freight trucks in Texas.

Furthermore, stringent standards ensure a consistent charging experience for users, mandating that CFI-funded chargers adhere to Made-in-America requirements and robust workforce standards. By prioritizing domestic production and high-quality installation, the initiative fosters job growth while maintaining the integrity and reliability of the charging network.

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Authored by: Yves Helven