On June 9th, 2022, President Biden announced new standards that will be implemented as part of the new National Electrical Vehicle Charging Network. The administration’s goal is to build 500,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country and this effort will be funded using the $7.5 billion authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, would propose new standards guiding the implementation of this extensive network of charging stations.
The two agencies were tasked to ensure the EV charging stations are installed through reliable national standards fortified by strong labor protections. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also established a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to work hand-in-hand with States, industry leaders, manufacturers, and other stakeholders to meet the President's goals. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorized in total $7.5 billion, of which $5 billion would be distributed through formula funding to States (part of FAST Act reauthorization) and $2.5 billion in federal competitive grants to support community and corridor charging (that will be opening this year). The overall actions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure law would put a massive federal investment into an EV charging network and also spur significant private investment equity as well.
They will also use workforce standards such as the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) to increase the safety and reliability of charging station functionality and usability – creating and supporting good-paying, highly-skilled union jobs in communities across the country.
The administration set out on multiple paths of developing standards and guidance on the EV charging network.