WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) announced that the State of Georgia will receive nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2022 as part of a total of $135 million over five years to support efforts to expand EV charging across the state. This funding is a result of passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and will help Georgia expand access to electric vehicles. Last month, Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration outlining Georgia’s unique EV needs and opportunities, and encouraging the administration to invest in projects that increase equity, accessibility, long-term sustainability, and promote American-based manufacturing.
“As more and more Americans make the switch to electric vehicles it is critical we ensure our communities have the infrastructure to support these drivers,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “This funding will help expand access to EV charging stations and ensure everyone can get where they need to go, all while reducing automobile related emissions.”
“A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.“The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”
“We are modernizing America’s national highway system for drivers in cities large and small, towns and rural communities, to take advantage of the benefits of driving electric,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping states to make electric vehicle charging more accessible by building the necessary infrastructure for drivers across America to save money and go the distance, from coast-to-coast.”
Background: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is administering the new EV Formula Program (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program or NEVI). The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System.
Today’s news follows President Biden’s announcement earlier this week on EV manufacturing, and the White House Fact Sheet on actions taken to date to prepare for this historic EV investment.
The total amount of funding received by each state in Fiscal Year 2022 under the NEVI Formula Program is $615 million. States, including Georgia, will be required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.