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Biden-Harris Administration Boosts Electric Vehicle Future With $623 Million in New Funding

Updated: Jan 19


photograph of an ev charging station with trees and a vehicle in the background

On January 11th, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration made an exciting announcement, revealing $623 million in grants dedicated to the development of an extensive electric vehicle (EV) charging network throughout the United States. This substantial investment will support 47 projects focused on EV charging infrastructure and alternative-fueling solutions in 22 states and Puerto Rico.


Notably, these projects will include the construction of approximately 7,500 EV charging ports, effectively advancing President Biden's target of establishing a national network comprising 500,000 EV chargers. This initiative will greatly contribute to the expansion and accessibility of EV charging infrastructure across the country, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation and bolstering efforts towards a greener future.


As part of the recent announcements, the Federal Highway Administration is granting $311 million to fund 36 "community" projects, which include two Indian Tribes in Alaska and Arizona. These projects aim to invest in infrastructure for EV charging and hydrogen fueling in both urban and rural areas. The locations chosen for these investments are convenient and high-traffic areas such as schools, parks, libraries, and multi-family housing, among others.


Additionally, $312 million will be allocated to support 11 "corridor" projects situated along roadways designated as Alternative Fuel Corridors. The primary objective of these projects is to bridge any gaps in the existing national charging and alternative-fueling network.




Electric Vehicle Project Selections for the 2024 Grant


Project selections for this round of EV Charging grants include the following  entities:


New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive $10 million to construct electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in multi-family housing areas located in disadvantaged communities and rural regions. This initiative aims to promote the use of shared transportation services, including electric car share and ride share options, particularly in proximity to transit stations. 


Maryland

The Maryland Clean Energy Center has received $15 million to install 87 electric vehicle charging stations across the state. These stations will be strategically placed in urban, suburban, and low- to moderate-income areas, including Coppin State University, a renowned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Baltimore. The project also aims to benefit 34 disadvantaged communities with multi-family housing. In addition to the charging stations, the initiative will offer comprehensive workforce development programs, providing valuable services to train, place, and retain individuals in well-paying jobs or registered apprenticeships. 


Texas

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has received $70 million to construct up to five hydrogen fueling stations across major cities in Texas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. This initiative aims to establish a hydrogen corridor stretching from southern California all the way to Texas. These fueling stations will specifically cater to medium- and heavy-duty freight trucks, contributing to cleaner and more sustainable transportation options in the region. 


California

The County of Contra Costa in California will receive a $15 million grant to construct a comprehensive charging infrastructure. This ambitious project aims to establish 52 fast chargers and 60 Level 2 chargers across 15 branch locations within the county's esteemed library system. 


Washington

Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency in Washington State, is set to receive $15 million. This funding will be utilized to install 40 fast chargers and 12 Level 2 chargers across western Washington State and northern Oregon. The aim of this project is to extend electric vehicle (EV) accessibility to predominantly rural and disadvantaged communities, including those residing on Indigenous Tribal lands.


Arizona

The City of Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded funding of $12 million. This will be utilized to construct 48 electric vehicle chargers, catering to a wide range of vehicle sizes. Additionally, the project includes the installation of charging docks specifically designed for e-bikes and e-scooters. To further support the sustainability efforts, solar canopies will be implemented to generate electricity for these charging stations. 


Chilkoot Indian Association

The Chilkoot Indian Association, an Alaska Native Tribe, has been granted $1.4 million to construct an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Haines. This rural and disadvantaged community currently lacks publicly accessible EV charging facilities.



EV Charging Data


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LandGate has developed EV charging indexes for every parcel in the US, in addition to the estimated potential for solar, wind, carbon, and mineral development. Private and public property owners that are interested in leasing or selling their land for an EV Charging station or any other resource can get a free property report that provides lease and sale estimates along with an EV Site Score that ranges from 0-100. The higher this number, the better the property could potentially work for an EV Charging site. Learn if your land qualifies for an EV Charging site today:





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