Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has approved the plans for all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to build out a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network with funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program.
In response, Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka issued the following statement:
“Our nation must rapidly transition to electric vehicles to end our dependence on oil for transportation. This will improve our energy security, realize EVs’ economic benefits, and reduce air pollution in our communities.
“We are excited that all 52 jurisdictions now have an approved plan that will help build out the nation’s electric vehicle charging backbone. The high gas price volatility over the past year has contributed to more consumers than ever reporting interest in switching to EVs. As more EVs hit the road, the NEVI program will ensure a consistent, safe, and accessible charging experience along highway corridors across the country.
“The Electrification Coalition is working with a variety of stakeholders, including federal, state and local governments and private-sector partners, on the implementation of these plans. We are hosting a series of webinars on EV infrastructure that addresses topics such as complementary state and local policy and best practices from the industry for deploying infrastructure. We also offer a broad range of tools, from the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative to policy support to technical support.
“It is clear now that the future of transportation is electric. Today’s announcement is another big step forward on the road to ending oil’s monopoly on our transportation systems. With this step, we look forward to working with states and local governments in the upcoming year on adopting more supportive policies for EV infrastructure.”
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a national advocacy organization accelerating transportation electrification to reduce the monopoly oil has on our transportation and the associated national security risks. The EC drives adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) for consumers, freight, private sector fleets, and public sector fleets through policy advocacy and programs at the federal, state, and local levels. We work with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, from engaging with federal and state legislators on policy to collaborating with cities and businesses on electrifying buses and trucks, among many other activities. The EC is at the forefront of the urgent national shift to electric transportation. electrificationcoalition.org