Update on the Build Back Better Act
01.06.2022 - by Joel Levin
Update on the Build Back Better Act

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.

5 comments on “Update on the Build Back Better Act”
  1. Monte says:

    why just toyota? They all produce gas vehicles but toyota is strategically not going all in on battery technology until its more mature and they are Japanease and have more interest in hydrogen currently because that is what they want more in Japan. If you dont like it dont buy a toyota

  2. ginger says:

    I’ve noticed that Kia is advertizing EV’s in a big way so far in 2022, esp. in magazines.

  3. Dean Cail says:

    When the infrastructure money comes in, PLEASE see to it that Hilo, HI. Gets some badly needed charging stations. Target has 4 but that is not enough!

  4. nobody says:

    The EV is substantially less complicated, less singular parts, and have less know-how – why are they so expensive? They sell them by the pound 0r what?

  5. Terry M Robb says:

    toyota needs to stop advertising polluting vehicles and put that money towards EVs and charging networks. The need to stop making polluting vehicles is now not 10 -20 years from now. It is going to take a long time to move all the polluting vehicles to recycling. This is the same for all the old car companies except toyota is on the bottom in making EVs

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