Biden’s Infrastructure Law Funding EV Charging Stations Across Pennsylvania

In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, the reflection of the front of a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen in the window as it is charging at a Ford dealer in Wexford, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Sean Kitchen

August 17, 2023

“This funding will allow us to deploy electric vehicle charging stations across our Commonwealth, from cities to suburbs to rural areas, promoting energy security, creating jobs, and reducing our carbon footprint,” Sen. Bob Casey said in a statement.

Pennsylvania is set to create 54 new charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in 35 counties using $33.8 million in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Pennsylvania was one of the first states in the country to receive funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, which was established by the infrastructure law.

The commonwealth is set to receive $171.5 million in federal funding from NEVI over the next five years, including the $33.8 million in the first round of funding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will receive and distribute the NEVI funds.

“Our team worked diligently to meet federal NEVI requirements while also spreading opportunities among various companies and communities,” said Mike Carrol, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation. “These new investments will create good paying jobs and allow Pennsylvanian residents, businesses, and visitors to travel across the Commonwealth faster, cleaner, and more reliably.”

According to a press release, PennDot received 271 unique funding applications requesting $165.4 million in the first round of investments. The PA NEVI program is a reimbursement program where applicants are required to provide a minimum 20% match.

The NEVI funds support the planning, design, construction operation and maintenance of charging sites.

“Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we can strengthen and expand our electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” Senator Bob Casey said. “This funding will allow us to deploy electric vehicle charging stations across our Commonwealth, from cities to suburbs to rural areas, promoting energy security, creating jobs, and reducing our carbon footprint.”

 

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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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