EV charger infrastructure in the U.S. – as well as the rest of the globe – has long been a hot button topic, as well as one of the largest barriers standing in the way of widespread all-electric vehicle adoption. It’s also a big part of the reason why Ford signed an agreement with Tesla granting its owners access to the latter’s expansive Supercharger network, too. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s administration has long been pushing to invest federal funds in EV charger expansion, as well as repair existing chargers. Now, the Biden Administration has announced that it’s earmarking even more funds to boost EV charger reliability in yet another round of investments in that regard.
The Departments of Transportation and Energy have announced a grand total of $325 million in new investments – spread across three programs – that aim to increase the reliability of publicly accessible chargers, advanced EV technologies, and support workforce development for EV charging deployment and maintenance.
This new funding for EV chargers is slated to be used to repair and replace existing, non-operational chargers across the country, as well as reduce costs for deploying charging in underserved communities and cut battery costs. These investments follow the $623 million in awards announced last week to deploy public charging in communities and fill gaps in the existing national network of EV chargers.
This latest investment brings the total for the under-construction U.S. EV charging network to $25 billion in funds that have at least been announced to date, including more than $10 billion coming from the private sector. As Ford Authority previously reported, numerous studies have found that the existing U.S. charging network leaves a lot to be desired, not only in terms of scope – but also, reliability, with many charging stations presenting owners with a difficult task when it comes to refueling on the road.