Maryland’s Congressional Delegation announces $9.3 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would go toward electric vehicle (EV) in the state.
U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) last week announced $9,298,080 in federal funding for Maryland to build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state. Electric vehicles remain inaccessible to many Americans due to the limited supply of charging stations, especially in rural and underserved communities. This is the first year of a five-year program under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will help build a nationwide network of 500,000 EV charging stations by 2030 and make EVs a more realistic and practical option for more Americans.
According to the press release:
“This funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act reflects the federal government’s commitment towards cleaner transportation—a shift that is critical for addressing climate change, improving public health, and maintaining America’s global economic competitiveness. We are fulfilling the promise of making clean energy cars more accessible and more affordable for Marylanders,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue to fight for federal investments in better, cleaner transportation infrastructure that creates quality jobs, reduces harmful emissions, and improves public health in Maryland.”
To access funding, each state is required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan that describes that state’s intended use of its share of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds consistent with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is making historic investments in American infrastructure, including by providing more than $7 billion directly to Maryland. This investment will mean more resources for counties to modernize their transit infrastructure and tackle climate change.