The White House recently releases a Rural Electric Vehicle Toolkit to help rural areas take advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Yesterday the White House put out a Rural Electric Vehicle Toolkit, meant to help rural communities across the country take full advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The toolkit can help connect community members, towns, businesses, planning agencies, and others with partners needed for these projects. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed last November, includes a total of $7.5 billion to build out a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.
According to the press release:
“Drivers in rural areas often have the longest commutes and spend the most money on gas, which means big benefits from having access to electric cars and pickup trucks if they are affordable and easy to charge where they live and drive,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The investments in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for a national EV charging network are an important step toward ensuring that EVs aren’t a luxury item and that everyone in America can benefit from clean transportation.”
This toolkit is being released in anticipation of the distribution of $7 billion in funds to accelerate the deployment of a national electric vehicle charging network from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Of these funds, $4.75 billion will be distributed by formula to states, and an additional $2.5 billion will be distributed through a competitive grant program that will support innovative approaches and ensure that charger deployment meets Administration priorities such as supporting rural charging, improving local air quality and increasing EV charging access in disadvantaged communities. Together, this is the largest-ever U.S. investment in EV charging and will be a transformative down payment on the transition to a zero-emission future.