Massachusetts will receive $9.39 million in funding for vehicle charging
in first year of investments
Washington (February 10, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety and member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today applauded the Biden administration’s announcement of a $5 billion investment in a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network. These funds come from a new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program created as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will distribute historic resources to states over the next five years to help expand EV infrastructure and increase access to zero-emission transportation. In its first year of funding, Massachusetts will receive $9.39 million, and the Commonwealth is expecting to receive more than $63 million in total over the next five years. The Department of Transportation also launched a new website which provides helpful links to technical assistance, data, and tools for states. States can also find how much funding they can receive for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program here.
“This investment is a down payment for the coming electric vehicle revolution,” said Senator Markey. “We won’t just be charging the next generation of vehicle transport in the United States, we will also be supercharging our economy. We can and must build on this momentum by passing the climate, clean energy, and equity policies included in the Build Back Better Act, which will accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, provide health benefits, and support EV production in the United States.”
Senator Markey is the author of the Community Vehicle Charging Act, which would invest in zero-emission refueling infrastructure in environmental justice communities and would ensure communities across the country—both urban and rural—can access zero-emission transportation. Senator Markey has also introduced the Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National (GREEN) Streets Act, which would establish national goals to reduce greenhouse gas emission emissions from the national highway system and help states adapt their transportation systems to impacts from climate change.