White House Announces Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

July 22, 2016

The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

The announcement included the release of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure, which was signed by more than 50 states, vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, and charging infrastructure providers.  Additionally, the White House announced 35 new employers who committed to increasing the availability of workplace electric vehicle charging through the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.

New federal government initiatives announced by the White House include:

  • Expanding a U.S. Department of Energy loan program to provide financing for electric vehicle charging equipment. The $4.5 billion Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy loan program provides loan guarantees to facilitate project financing for innovative technology.
  • Launching a national electric vehicle charging corridor initiative under the FAST Act to designate a national network of charging corridors.
  • Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles in the federal fleet and partnering with state, county, and municipal governments to procure electric vehicles and charging infrastructure at discounted prices through aggregated purchasing.
  • Hosting an “EV Hackathon” and launching new initiatives through the U.S. National Laboratories to promote technology innovations in vehicle batteries and charging infrastructure.
  • The release of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation Guide to Federal Funding, Financing, and Technical Assistance for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations.

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure announcement was a collaboration between the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency.