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EV Charging Action Plan Announced by Biden Administration to “Fast-Track” New Infrastructure Law Investments

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which takes effect in November 2021, assign $7.5 billion in fresh federal financing for EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure and establishes two new federal EV charging station programs with the goal of establishing a national network of 500,000 EV chargers. The criteria and conditions of these 2 new federal electric vehicles charging station initiatives are outlined below.

The Biden administration has moved fast to execute the IIJA’s EV provisions since its enactment, suggesting a need to release funds and launch new projects. The Administration launched an Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan on December 13, 2021, in order to “fast-track” IIJA investments. The action plan, which outlines the measures federal agencies will take to execute the new EV charging programs, provides additional information on timing, requirements, and possibilities for the private sector, states, and localities players. The following items are included in the action plan:

  • Creating a New Joint Office in charge of Energy and Transportation: The Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Energy (DOE) announced the formation of a new Joint Office on December 14, 2021. The new agency will oversee the federal approach to establishing a nationwide program of charging stations, offering technical help to states and communities, and overseeing the flow of money by leveraging resources across agencies.
  • Publication of EV Charging Program Guidance and Standards: By February 11, 2022, the Department of Transportation will issue guidance to states and cities on how to establish EV charging stations in order to create a national network. The guidance, according to the Administration, will address present shortcomings in charging infrastructure, concentrate on the requirements of underprivileged populations, catalyze additional private investment in Electric Vehicle charging, and address grid connection. DOT will also issue specifications for Electric Vehicle chargers in the nationwide program by May 13, 2022.
  • Obtaining Stakeholder Feedback: The administration has begun seeking stakeholder opinion on EV charging schemes and has recently announced several new initiatives.

– In late November, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy issued a call for comments on the execution of the Electric Vehicle Charging Program as well as the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program. This proposal is in line with the agencies’ legislative requirement to create EV charging program recommendations. The deadline for comments is January 28, 2022.

– The DOT and DOE also asked domestic manufacturers for information in order to find EV chargers and other charging-related components which meet the DOT’s Buy America standards, as well as to emphasize the advantages of moving all manufacturing and assembly operations to the United States. The deadline for comments was January 10, 2022.

– The White House will organize a series of early stakeholder discussions on subjects such as state and local government collaborations, domestic manufacturing, civil rights, equity and environmental justice, tribal community partnerships, and maximizing environmental benefits. In addition, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy will form a new Advisory Committee on Electric Vehicles, with members to be announced in the first quarter of 2022.

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