Back in December 2021, the Biden Administration released an action plan for EV charging networks that aimed to beef up those offerings in a big way and eliminate one of consumers’ biggest apprehensions when it comes to buying all-electric vehicles. Those plans were later approved for all 50 U.S. states, and the administration opened up applications for what is officially known as the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program last March. Since then, the Biden Administration has added another $15.5 billion in funds to those efforts, and also allocated $100 million to repair broken or malfunctioning chargers. Now, new grants for the growing EV charging network in the U.S. have been announced, too.
The Biden Administration has earmarked $623 million in grants to help build out an EV charging network across the U.S., which aims to help reach its goal of having at least 500,000 publicly available chargers in operation by 2030. These grants are part of the aforementioned $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, and will fund 47 EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico, including construction of approximately 7,500 EV charging ports.
The CFI program complements the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program that aims to build high-speed EV chargers along U.S. highways. Thus far, NEVI is responsible for the erection of new charging stations in Ohio and New York that are already in operation, while other states like Pennsylvania and Maine have broken ground on new charging stations as well.
“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.”