National EV Charging Initiative Discuss Future of EV Charging Stations

National EV Initiative Looks at Future of EV Charging Stations

Financing for EV Charging Stations will be an “innovative” public-private partnership.

The National EV Charging Initiative, which was launched in August 2021 to guide the deployment of a national charging ecosystem, held the “National EV Charging Summit” last week. The Summit featured a variety of stakeholders, including automakers, power providers, electric vehicle and charging industry leaders, and labor and public interest groups. During the Summit, panelists discussed the future of electric vehicle charging, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the deployment of electric vehicles. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed in 2021, provides the largest investment to date in electric vehicle infrastructure. This legislation allocates $7.5 billion in funding for the construction of a national network of 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations. The money is split into $5 billion in funding for states and $2.5 billion in grants for communities and corridors to establish electric vehicle charging stations, especially in underserved and rural communities. 

One of the speakers at the Summit was Jigar Shah, the director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. During his panel, Shah said public money, rather than being the sole source of money for EV charging stations, should become a “catalyst” that proves the business model to support robust private and utility investment. Other Summit participants spoke to this point as well, emphasizing the opportunity that electric vehicle charging stations present as a profitable industry for private investment. 

“It’s important that independent automotive repair shops be included in the conversation about EV infrastructure,” said Fred Hules Jr., chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA). “In addition to accessibility of EV charging stations, shops must have access to training, data and the tools necessary for the repair of these vehicles. ASA is focused on our members being prepared as the U.S. vehicle fleet transitions to EVs and other technologies.”

In addition to the $7.5 billion in funding, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also authorized the creation of a joint office of the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation that is focused on electric vehicle infrastructure and deployment. During the Summit, Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg said the administration is moving quickly to send money to states and local communities for EV charging, and she predicted that money would be available “in the coming months”. 

Electric vehicles and EV charging stations are a new frontier for the transportation industry. All the panelists at the National EV Charging Summit emphasized the importance of the deployment of electric vehicles and their optimism about the future of clean transportation. National Urban League Executive Vice President Don Cravins emphasized this sentiment in his remarks, saying: “If we do this right and we all start on the same page, we can make an impact. We cannot afford to mess this up, both environmentally, health-wise, and economically.” 

You May Also Like

Auto Care Association Welcomes GAO Report on Vehicle Repair Restrictions

Auto Care is renewing its call for Congress to advance federal Right to Repair legislation that protects independent business owners and consumers.

Right to repair 2

Following the release of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing how automaker restrictions on vehicle data are creating barriers to repair vehicles, the Auto Care Association is renewing its call for Congress to advance federal right to repair legislation that protects independent business owners and consumers.

MEMA Applauds the EPA on Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicle Emission Standards

MEMA says the EPA final rule includes an amended and more comprehensive analysis of technological alternatives.

Opposition Grows for California’s Mandate Banning New Gas-Powered Vehicle Sales
Maryland Teamsters Call for Passage of HB 1447

The legislation would protect middle-class jobs and motorist safety, according to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Maryland Teamsters Call for Passage of HB 1447
$78B Pro-Business Tax Bill Passes House, Awaits Senate

The bill aims to reinstate tax incentives for R&D and small business investments, along with other measures.

MANN+HUMMEL NA Aftermarket Shows Right to Repair Support

Representatives from MANN+HUMMEL’s North American aftermarket brands recently visited Capitol Hill to express their support for H.R. 906.

Other Posts
Wallbox Enters Partnership with ChargeLab

Wallbox’s Pulsar Pro Level 2 charger and Supernova 180 DC fast chargers sold as part of this bundled offering will come pre-configured to utilize ChargeLab software through OCPP.

SKF, Duracar Partner on Sustainable EV Technology

The collaboration marks a step forward in both companies’ commitment to sustainability and the advancement of environmentally friendly transportation solutions.

SKF-Duracar-Partner-on-Sustainable-EV-Technology
Respect Your Elders

Kaufman suggests that your forward planning includes a solid look at the “Olds” (those 65 and older), and the implications of demographic changes on the aftermarket.

Respect Your Elders
GreenPower to Showcase its EV School Bus Safety at STN Reno

Transportation experts, school districts, government officials, public utilities and industry professionals gather annually at STN Expo Reno to network and explore training methods, products and service.