Bay Area secures $30M in federal grants to build more EV charging stations

$30M boost for EV infrastructure: Bay Area receives federal grants to expand charging network
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The Bay Area is getting a boost in its efforts to promote clean transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $30 million in federal grants to several local agencies and organizations to build electric vehicle charging stations across the region.

The grants are part of the Biden administration’s initiative to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure nationwide. The goal is to have 500,000 public charging stations by 2030, up from about 100,000 today.

The Bay Area projects will focus on expanding access to charging stations for low-income communities, multifamily dwellings, workplaces, and transit hubs. Some of the recipients include:

  • The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which will receive $10 million to install 2,000 Level 2 chargers and 50 fast chargers in disadvantaged and low-income areas.
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which will receive $7 million to install 500 Level 2 chargers and 50 fast chargers at transit stations and park-and-ride lots.
  • The City of San Francisco, which will receive $5 million to install 300 Level 2 chargers and 20 fast chargers in public parking garages and on-street locations.
  • The City of San Jose, which will receive $4 million to install 200 Level 2 chargers and 20 fast chargers in public parking lots and on-street locations.
  • The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), which will receive $4 million to install 100 Level 2 chargers and 10 fast chargers at Caltrain stations.
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The grants will cover up to 80% of the costs of the charging stations, with the remaining funds coming from local sources. The projects are expected to be completed by 2025.

The Bay Area is already a leader in electric vehicle adoption, with more than 300,000 registered EVs as of June 2021, according to the California New Car Dealers Association. The new charging stations will help meet the growing demand for EVs and support the state’s goal of having 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

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Rosette is known for advocating a sustainable lifestyle. That’s why on her free days, she spends her time writing about sustainability efforts and other ways to help the environment thrive and heal at a time of drastic climate change.