Pennsylvania announces EV charging infrastructure spending plan

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Environmental Protection (DEP) would join several partner organizations to move forward on plans to maximize the use of funds to support electric vehicles through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

As part of the BIL, PennDOT will receive and distribute $171.5 million in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula funds for EV charging infrastructure over the next five years, the state said. “Transportation is changing every day,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a great opportunity, and I’m proud of the progress that we – along with our partners – have made to prepare Pennsylvania for a future filled with electric vehicles.”

The state has already submitted its Pennsylvania NEVI Plan outlining its approach to the deployment of an EV charging network across the state for residents and visitors alike. The BIL requires all states to submit their state EV infrastructure deployment plan by Aug. 1, 2022.

The state said there are more than 31,000 EV registered in Pennsylvania, nearly three times the number that were registered in March 2019 (9,700).

“Pennsylvania has made tremendous progress towards making electric vehicles and EV chargers more accessible to more people,” said DEP Acting Executive Deputy Secretary Joe Adams. “Every EV on the road reduces the amount of air pollution coming from tailpipes, which makes for cleaner air and a healthier environment.”