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President Biden, Gov Evers, and Wisconsin Democrats Supercharge Electric Vehicle Infrastructure 

Feb 08, 2022

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February 8, 2022

Contact: Julia Hamelburg (julia.hamelburg@wisdems.org)

President Biden, Gov Evers, and Wisconsin Democrats Supercharge Electric Vehicle Infrastructure 

MADISON, Wis. – After President Biden signed his infrastructure legislation into law, the Biden-Harris administration immediately got to work to ensure that the funds will secure a greener, clear future for Wisconsin families. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the largest investment in electric vehicle charging in American history and will work towards building a convenient and reliable public charging network in Wisconsin and across the country. Whether drivers are headed to the grocery store or on a cross-country road trip, this infrastructure legislation will ensure that EV owners are safe and have easy access to public charging stations. In the next five years, Wisconsin will receive $79 million in federal funding to build out a charging network across the state – and state officials can also apply for an additional $2.5 billion in grant funding. 

This latest investment coincides with Gov. Evers’ commitment to ensuring Wisconsin is carbon neutral by 2050 and his partnership with other Midwest governors that will create a new network for charging EVs across the region – all with the goal of generating good-paying jobs that solidify Wisconsin’s role as a leader in responding to the climate crisis.

Since signing the deal into law, the Biden-Harris administration has announced the following actions to build out electric vehicle infrastructure across the country:

  • The Department of Energy and Department of Transportation are establishing a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to build out a nationwide EV charging network. 
  • President Biden is working with representation across multiple avenues, to ensure that diverse backgrounds and priorities have a voice in building out the EV network – the White House will focus on partnerships with local and state governments, domestic manufacturing, equity and environmental justice, civil rights, partnering with tribal communities, and maximizing environmental benefits.
  • The White House will work with local and state governments to issue state-specific guidance on how best to maximize EV funding from the infrastructure law.  
  • The DOT and DOE are working with American manufacturers, automakers, and labor leaders to ensure EV infrastructure is made in America to drive domestic competitiveness and create good-paying, union jobs.
  • The DOT is working with the US Federal Highway Administration to establish a process that regularly updates highway infrastructure to ensure cars have easy access to charging stations, along all routes.

Read more about how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will fund electric vehicles here

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