The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy have announced $325 million in new investments going toward improving electric vehicle (EV) charger reliability and cutting costs in the industry.
In a press release shared on Friday, the White House announced three programs to repair and replace existing, non-operational chargers across the country, to reduce costs for deploying charging in underserved communities, and to cut battery costs. Part of the funding includes almost $149 million in grants dedicated to fixing non-working charging equipment, expected to help bring 4,500 broken public chargers back into operation.
The White House says the programs will “increase the reliability and resilience of publicly accessible chargers, advance EV technologies, and support workforce development for EV charging deployment and maintenance.”
The statement also details the Biden administration’s notice of intent to propose regulations related to the 30C tax credit, recommending definition changes that would give around two-thirds of Americans access to up to 30 percent off on charging equipment.
EV charger reliability has long been under scrutiny from EV drivers and regulators alike, and especially from those who have had to charge their vehicles at non-Tesla charging stations. Last year, the California Energy Commission announced plans to create regulatory framework for public EV charger reliability and availability, though this is the first such funding to support maintenance on a federal level.
The newly announced funding programs also follow $623 million in awards announced earlier this month, which are expected to help fill gaps in the U.S. charging infrastructure.
The press release includes a list of financial commitments that are a part of the programs, including Tesla’s plan to open at least 7,500 Superchargers to non-Tesla owners throughout this year. Throughout much of last year and into this year, nearly every automaker also signed on to adopt Tesla’s charging hardware, dubbed the North American Charging Standard (NACS).
The list also includes several other automakers and a new charging station joint venture including BMW, General Motors (GM), Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis, which is expected to install 30,000 EV charging stations.
It also lists several companies that are not automakers as a part of the program, including the Hilton deal for as many as 20,000 Universal Wall Connectors, announced in September.
Below are all the companies listed on the private sector EV charging commitments document, or you can view full project descriptions from the White House here.
EV Charging Deployment
- JV created by BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis
- Forum Mobility
- bp pulse (EV charging arm of bp, formerly British Petroleum)
- Francis Energy
Notable Charging Partnerships
- Pilot, GM and EVgo
- TravelCenters of America and Electrify America
- Mercedes-Benz, ChargePoint and MN8 Energy
- GM and FLO
- Forum Mobility and local San Pedro and Oakland ports
- EVgo and Meijer
EV Charger Manufacturing
- Kempower Inc.
- Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy and BlackRock Alternatives
- Atom Power
- XCharge North America
- Star Charge
- LG Electronics