13, September, 2023
—— About 4% of US EV chargers are currently unavailable
—— Funds will be used to maintain and build charging stations
4% Unavailable US EV Chargers
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that applications are now open for the EV Chargers Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator and It will provide up to $100 million in federal funding to repair and replace existing but inoperable electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
The program is notified by the DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) site locator, which identifies offline sites as temporarily unavailable. A charger may be identified as temporarily unavailable for a variety of reasons, ranging from routine maintenance to power issues. On September 11, 2023, AFDC stated that although there were 151,506 public charging ports, 6,261 (4.1%) were temporarily unavailable.
In fact, this can be very frustrating for riders and drivers of electric motorcycles and cars.
Imagine that your GPS directs you to a charging station a few miles away, but you discover that the charging station is no longer available.
Maintain and Build Charging Stations
The first round of funding will focus on repairing or replacing existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Additionally, the government is currently working to install thousands of new electric vehicle charging stations along major U.S. highways. The project is estimated to cost approximately $1 billion.
FHWA anticipates that the $100 million in available funding may cover repair or replacement costs for all eligible projects, which will be available through a streamlined application process.
This includes both publicly and privately owned chargers – As long as they are available to the public.
“Charging an electric vehicle should be as easy and convenient as filling a gas tank, and this investment will make our electric vehicle charging network more reliable, stop short,” said Shailen Bhatt, federal highway administrator. “We are building a larger electric vehicle charging network to meet the needs of drivers and we will also ensure that the networks currently available are functioning when you need a charge.”
Eligible applicants and projects for the Electric Vehicle Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator are outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Application deadline is November 13, 2023.
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Because the policy subsidies from the U.S. government, so it has become cost-effective to build EV charging stations.