Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $5 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would be made available to states as soon as August to build out a national electric vehicle charging system. Michigan will receive $16.2 million in the first year — an incredible investment to make EVs more accessible, fight the climate crisis, and create good paying jobs for Michiganders.
Michigan is driving into a sustainable future thanks to President Biden, Gov. Whitmer, and Democrats in Congress — and no thanks to the six Michigan Republicans who voted against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including Congressman Peter Meijer.
Here’s what Michiganders are reading how these new investments in EV chargers will keep Michigan manufacturing competitive, create more jobs, and improve air quality:
The Detroit News: Michigan to get $16.3 million from feds to build electric vehicle chargers
“Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, said in a statement that EVs ‘are a key part of our clean energy future’ and will help consumers pay less for gas.
‘But you can’t drive one without access to convenient charging stations,’ she said. ‘This investment will help make sure we have public charging stations across Michigan so that it’s easier for people to drive the electric vehicles being made here in Michigan.’”
Detroit Free Press: Biden administration wants state plans for EV charging stations by August
“Biden has said he wants to see 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations installed nationwide. As of the end of last year, there were about 100,000 across the U.S.
Michigan is expected to get about $110 million in funding for electric vehicle chargers over the five years.”
ABC Flint: Michigan gets $16+ million to install more electric vehicle charging stations
“‘With these funds, more people will be able to access charging stations and drive electric vehicles with confidence,” said Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint. “Building charging stations will put Michiganders to work in good-paying jobs that help grow our economy.’
More funding from the federal electric vehicle funding program will come over the next five years. The program is designed to install 500,000 charging stations across the country in public places.”