White House releases down payment on the future of transportation with the American Jobs Plan
04.01.2021 - by Plug In America
White House releases down payment on the future of transportation with the American Jobs Plan

On March 31st, the Biden-Harris Administration released the American Jobs Plan, a comprehensive plan to upgrade the transportation infrastructure within the U.S. The plan covers rail, freight, bridges, highways and of course, a large focus on transportation electrification. This is the down payment on the future of transportation. 

What exactly does the plan mean for electric vehicles (EVs) and the transition to a clean electric transportation future? We outlined the EV components of the plan for you below: 

  • $174 billion for investment in transportation electrification until 2030
    • Includes point of sale rebates and tax incentives for the purchase or lease of  American-made EVs.
    • Includes the installation of 500,000 EV charging stations by 2030. These will be installed through a grant program for states, local governments and the private sector. The plan does not state what percentage will be DCFC or Level 2 or Level 1. 
    • Includes the replacement of 50,000 diesel transit vehicles with electric buses. 
    • Includes at least 20% of school buses will be electric school buses. 
    • The federal fleet of about 650,000 vehicles will go electric. About a third of these vehicles belong to the Department of Defense, a third to the U.S. Postal Service, and a third to all other federal agencies. 

While this sounds like a lot, Americans spend about $525 billion on cars annually; $174 billion over the next ten years is a solid investment from the federal government that the private sector can continue to supplement as we move towards an all-electric transportation future. 

  • $100 billion to modernize our electric grid. 
    • The plan aims to create a more resilient electric grid that will achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 that can power EVs.  
  • $52 billion investment for domestic manufacturing. 
    • The plan will increase access to capital for domestic manufacturers, which could include manufacturers of EVs or for the EV supply chain.

The release of the plan is the start of many additional conversations between Congress and the White House on what an infrastructure plan should look like. Over the next few months, Plug In America will continue to work with the White House and Department of Transportation and educate Members of Congress on the need for strong EV policies and programs, following the principles and policies that we released in January 2021.

View Plug In America’s statement applauding the American Jobs Plan.

 

Photo credit: “Electric vehicle charging stations” by kahunapulej is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

3 comments on “White House releases down payment on the future of transportation with the American Jobs Plan”
  1. pjkPA says:

    Where is the money coming from? Who is going to pay for this?
    This article is useless unless it asks the tough questions.

    Anyone can take a credit card and buy things…. the hard part is paying off the debt.
    Just putting the USA in terrible debt does not help the economy or electric cars.

    I’m for combating UNFAIR TRADE and getting back the jobs we UNFAIRLY lost then Americans can buy electric cars…. If they are burdened with high taxes and no jobs .. this money is for nothing.

    Don’t forget .. in 2019 the UNEMPLOYMENT rate was 3.5% and EV sales where way up WITHOUT “incentive” …

    Now we are still giving foreign companies $7500 and more while giving American companies nothing.

    Give GM, FORD and Tesla a level playing field and you will not need “incentives” and we will have a thriving economy … not a subsidized economy and High taxes… American companies already pay the highest corporate taxes in the world.

  2. Dean Cail says:

    Thanks for the promise of new EV charging stations. For economical starters, all the BROKEN charge stations in the Hilo, HI. area could be fixed.

  3. w. matt held says:

    I know it is ESSENTIAL to increase the GRID not just modernize it . If the increase is not made to accomodate a lot of electric vehicles THERE WILL BE TREMENDOUS OUTAGES ALL ACROSS THE NATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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