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Governor Edwards, DOTD Announce Allocation of $73 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Act Funds for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announce that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan, providing Louisiana with approximately $73 million over the next five years Allocating federal funds will years.

This plan, submitted to the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program on August 1, 2022, outlines the intent to manage federal funds through a grant program currently under development. The grant program funds up to 80 percent of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, with a minimum participation of 20 percent by the grant recipients.

“This funding will help Louisiana meet our Climate Action Plan goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Governor Edwards said. “It will also ensure we are ready to thrive in a changing economy where even big oil and gas companies are embracing clean energy.” I want to thank President Biden, Senator Bill Cassidy, and Rep. Troy Carter for their hard work in passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill. My administration is willing to use these federal funds to improve the lives of people in our state.”

“These funds will allow the state to move forward and provide additional fueling infrastructure for the ever-changing transportation industry,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Louisiana’s EV charging network is relatively small compared to our neighboring states, and we need to be able to accommodate the increasing changes in the way people travel. Creating a more sustainable and cleaner environment is paramount and one way to address that is to have more charging points and make them affordable for the everyday motorist.”

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DOTD will begin accepting grant applications in early 2023 to allow recipients to own, install and operate EV charging stations that meet federal requirements. The recipients are to be selected and the funds distributed by summer 2023.

Electric vehicle funding is managed through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, which grew out of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in 2021 and will provide Louisiana with approximately $73 million over the next five years for electric vehicle charging infrastructure assigns.

The department plans future outreach activities and virtual meetings to gather feedback. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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