Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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WASHINGTON—Today, the Biden administration, Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy (DOE), Joint Office, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided more details on how the $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program will be dispersed over five years. CFI grants will build a better America by deploying tens of thousands of EV charging stations throughout the U.S. in urban and rural communities, particularly those neighborhoods most vulnerable to climate change and air pollutants. The first round of funding offers up to $700 million in FY2022 and FY2023.
The Electrification Coalition has published the top ten takeaways from the CFI grant program at https://electrificationcoalition.org/resource/cfi-top-ten-takeaways/.
The CFI grant program is a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which allocated $7.5 billion to support EV charging infrastructure in the United States. The CFI funding is available to various entities, including states, municipal planning organizations, cities, municipalities, and tribal territories. The grant will fund up to 80% of the cost of building charging infrastructure for eligible entities, up to $15 million for each application.
The program will provide grants through both the Community and Corridor Programs. Much of the CFI funding’s focus will be diverted to Level 2 chargers, mitigating barriers such as the availability and location of charging stations. This funding opportunity can provide inaugural stations in towns, fill gaps in availability in cities, and unite entities for strategic deployment. A special focus is on deploying charging stations in rural and low-income communities.
“Our national transition to electric vehicles will end our dependence on oil for transportation and the negative effects it has on our national and economic security,” said Ben Prochazka, executive director of the Electrification Coalition. “Convenient and reliable charging is essential for the widespread adoption of EVs. This funding opportunity will dramatically increase the number of charging stations in communities that need them most. We strongly encourage cities and other eligible entities to apply for this crucial funding.”
The Electrification Coalition’s website offers valuable resources that can help entities navigate funding pathways:
- The EV Funding Finder helps eligible recipients identify federal transportation electrification funding opportunities.
- The AchiEVe toolkit includes the latest information on state and local EV policies, with a focus on funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.
- The DRVE tool is an Excel-based tool that brings deep analysis to light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle electrification.
The Electrification Coalition and SAFE are presenting the SAFE Summit: A Pathway to Electrification from Minerals to Market March 28–29 in Washington, DC. The Summit will convene top government officials, business leaders, and other stakeholders form the United States and allied nations to advance practical solutions to achieve the nation’s transportation electrification goals. More information and registration are available at SAFESummit.org.
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. ElectrificationCoalition.org