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For Immediate Release

Morgan Folger, Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Campaign Director, 
Mac Dressman, PIRG Transportation Associate, 
Josh Chetwynd, Deputy Director, Media Relations, 

$5 billion for EV charging will turbocharge states' electric car growth

Newly announced National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to accelerate EV market


The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced Thursday the state-by-state allocations of its $5 billion formula grants for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Lack of available electric vehicle charging is a major barrier preventing people from making the switch to an electric car. This new funding will create a better network of EV charging across the country and help address global warming pollution by growing the EV market.

Environment America Research & Policy Center, which is Environment America's research partner, estimates that the United States will need more than 1.8 million chargers by 2030 to meet anticipated demand. In addition to installing more EV charging, policymakers can do more to bring down the upfront cost of EVs, according to Environment America.

Experts from Environment America and PIRG issued the following statement:

"With this money flowing to states, we can start to build for the electric vehicle revolution we know is coming," said Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Director Morgan Folger. "A more prolific charging network makes it easier for people to choose to drive an electric car and feel confident they have a place to power up along the way. The key to unlocking a more climate-friendly future featuring electric cars on every block is to make owning an EV more convenient and affordable. Restoring the electric vehicle tax credit is the next step Congress should take to ensure these cars are affordable, which will further allowing the EV market to continue to grow."

"Building a national network of EV charging stations is just what the U.S. needs to make the transition to electric vehicles. It gives Americans the right infrastructure to reduce air pollution and tackle the climate crisis by making it easier to switch to zero-emission vehicles," said PIRG Transportation Associate Mac Dressman. "Tragically, pollution from cars, trucks and other vehicles cuts short an estimated 58,000 lives every year. This step toward an all-electric, zero-emission future is essential to ensure cleaner air for all."

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