We had hoped that Congress would pass the historic EV provisions in the Build Back Better Act before the end of 2021. Plug In America and its members have devoted tremendous energy to that effort this year, pinging Congress more than 35,000 times in the past 12 months. That has not happened yet, although we certainly got their attention. We are still hopeful that something will bear fruit from discussions that are continuing between the White House and congressional leadership. For now, we are waiting to see how things will play out in the coming weeks.
The good news is that $7.5 billion in federal funding for EV charging infrastructure was included in the huge infrastructure package that passed in November and those funds will begin to flow soon. And despite everything else going on, 2021 was a banner year for EVs in the United States, with sales approaching 5% of the new car market (we are still waiting for final numbers) and 2022 is looking even better, with so many new models coming to market.
Regardless, we will continue to advocate for EVs wherever we can, keep you updated on new developments, and send action alerts when we need to urge Congressional members to support an electric transportation future. Stay tuned.