WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHTM) — The U.S. Department of Transportation and Energy announced Thursday Pennsylvania is eligible for up to $171.5 million for projects related to electric vehicle (EV) charging under a new program started by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The hope it to install EV stations no more than 50 miles apart from each other, within five miles of every interstate off ramp, and on interstates, too.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will provide $5 billion nationwide over the next five years to help states create EV charging stations along highways through designated Alternative Fuel Corridors. For the fiscal year 2022, about $615 million will be available under the NEVI Program.
To get the funding, states will have to give the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they receive money.
The Department of Transportation and Energy says they’ll introduce another grant program to increase EV charging access in more locations, especially rural and underserved areas, later this year.
“A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”
“We are modernizing America’s national highway system for drivers in cities large and small, towns and rural communities, to take advantage of the benefits of driving electric,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping states to make electric vehicle charging more accessible by building the necessary infrastructure for drivers across America to save money and go the distance, from coast-to-coast.”
States have been working on and building Alternative Fuel Corridors over the past few years to create a strong, national EV charging network. This funding is expected to build on those corridors.
“The goal is to make sure we’re giving people confidence to electrify their vehicles when they’re taking those longer trips, the reality is for the average person 95% or 99% of the driving you’re going to do is from your home to work and back,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
But the state is concerned about lost revenue to repair roads and bridges because the majority of the funding comes from the gas tax.
You can click here to see Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation and their EV and Alternative Fuels projects.
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“Americans need to know that they can purchase an electric vehicle and find convenient charging when they are using Interstates and other major highways,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “The new EV formula program will provide states with the resources they need to provide their residents with reliable access to an EV charging station as they travel.”
You can click here to see state-by-state funding.
This is all part of the Biden administration’s plan to utilize widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles.