This month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $623 million in grant awards for installing EV charging stations across the country, in communities, and along highway corridors. These grants come from the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, which pairs with the National EV Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program to build the foundation of the national EV charging network. Especially as demand for EVs continues to grow, these grants will help meet the needs of EV users in their daily lives and for long-distance travel.
Half of the $623 million is going towards community projects, and the other half goes towards corridor projects to install charging stations and other alternative fuel infrastructure across different types of locations, including multi-family housing, schools, libraries, and parks. Over 70% of the $623 million will support projects in disadvantaged communities.
Across the country, local players are taking advantage of the CFI funding opportunity to rapidly scale charging infrastructure. This round of funding will support projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico, including the San Carlos Apache Reservation (Arizona), Lansing (Michigan), Idaho Falls (Idaho), and Durham (NC). To ensure convenience, reliability, and accessibility for EV users, all of these projects are subject to federal minimum requirements, which include a minimum number of charging ports at each station, types of connectors to support vehicles, charging pricing transparency, and more.