Ensuring federal investment in EV charging reaches the communities that need it most

The country’s transition to electric transportation is underway. Consumers are opting for electric vehicles in record numbers, car manufacturers are betting on electrification and states are banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles. As a result, the need for widely accessible, equitable public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the US is becoming increasingly important. This infrastructure must meet the needs of motorists in their communities and along the roads they travel in urban areas, rural areas and along highway corridors.

To support this transition, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the United States is investing $2.5 billion in charging infrastructure to build a reliable and affordable electric vehicle charging network nationwide over the next five years. to build.

Most of this funding will go through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) corridor charging program. This includes the Free Subsidy Scheme for Charging and Refueling Infrastructure (CFI Program), a $2.5 billion competitive grant program to create a coast-to-coast EV charging network.

States, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, tribes and other public sector entities are encouraged to implement EV charging infrastructure in publicly accessible locations, particularly in historically disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities. The Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has a Notification of Financing Opportunity for the first phase of the programme. Proposals must be submitted by May 30, with $700 million available this year.

To support this generational investment, Forth with financing through the GM Climate Fundis providing assistance, education and training to communities interested in pursuing this funding. We will provide partners with the tools and information necessary to ensure that this money is spent quickly, effectively and in a way that puts equity at the heart of it. This support includes program design, help with matchmaking between potential partners, as well as program design for educational and community engagement.

Forth and the Electrification Coalition present a webinar on how cities, states and private entities can structure their applications to raise these funds and create an effective charging program for their communities, April 5 at 2 p.m. EST.

We are too conducting a national workshop prior to the Fourth Roadmap Conference to bring together key stakeholders from federal, state and city transportation agencies, utilities, clean cities coalitions and community organizations.

The government’s support for the country’s transition to clean transportation, coupled with commitments from manufacturers, presents a unique opportunity for states, cities and communities to advance this important technology equitably in an unprecedented manner across the country. To be most effective, funding should be spent in ways that have the greatest impact and reach communities historically underserved in transport and infrastructure investments.

— By Kevin Hachey, ahead.

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