Today, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) welcomed the news that funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program has now been opened to state and local governments.
In its announcement, the Department of Transportation opened $700 million to competitive grants with applications due May 30. A total of $2.5 billion will be released over the next five years. The CFI program comes from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and complements ongoing efforts to build charging along alternative fuel corridors and in local communities. At least 50 percent of the funding must be used for community grant programs that prioritize projects in rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with a low ratio of private parking spaces.
In response to today’s announcement, Albert Gore, Executive Director of ZETA, released the following statement:
“The community grants provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will give states and localities the flexibility to quickly and sustainably deploy EV charging infrastructure in historically underserved communities. The projects supported by this funding will enable a significant expansion of charging availability for all Americans—particularly in communities with high concentrations of multi-unit dwellings. We applaud this step by the administration, and encourage applications for this important source of funding that supports our path to a zero emission future.”
The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. ZETA is committed to enacting policies that drive EV adoption, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing leadership, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.