Find the latest news about the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation as well as updates on technical assistance, data, and tools to help states with deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Oct 27, 2022
The Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $1 billion from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 389 school districts spanning 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several Tribes and U.S. territories. The grants will help school districts purchase over 2,400 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.
Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan joined schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, to make the announcement and highlighted how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children's health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.
“President Biden's historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation's transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children's health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”
Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.
Technical Assistance for School Districts to Help Deploy Clean School Buses
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) offers technical assistance to school districts on electric bus basics, charging equipment, utility connections, bus performance, and operational considerations like routing and maintenance. Technical assistance offered through the Joint Office provides school districts with the knowledge, tools, and information needed to successfully plan for and deploy clean school buses.
Sep 27, 2022
The Biden-Harris administration today announced it has approved Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, established and funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
With this approval, all states now have access to all FY22 and FY23 NEVI formula funding, totaling more than $1.5 billion to help build electric vehicle (EV) chargers across approximately 75,000 miles of highway throughout the country. The NEVI formula funding under the BIL, which makes $5 billion available over five years, will help build a convenient, reliable, and affordable EV charging network across the country.
“America led the original automotive revolution in the last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the president’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We have approved plans for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help ensure that Americans in every part of the country—from the largest cities to the most rural communities—can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles.”
Thanks to flexibility provided by the BIL, state departments of transportation were able to leverage technical assistance available through the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and begin staffing and activities directly related to the development of their plans prior to approval.
Now that EV charging plans from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have been approved, each state, territory, or district can be reimbursed for those costs and now have a wide range of options to use their NEVI formula funding for projects directly related to the charging of a vehicle, including:
- Upgrade of existing and construction of new EV charging infrastructure
- Operation and maintenance costs of these charging stations
- Installation of on-site electrical service equipment
- Community and stakeholder engagement
- Workforce development activities
- EV charging station signage
- Data sharing activities
- Related mapping analysis and activities.
Sep 20, 2022
The U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Transportation (DOT) today announced that Gabe Klein—the former commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation and director of the Washington D.C. Departments of Transportation—will lead the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), which was created by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
As the first-ever Executive Director, Klein will oversee efforts to support the deployment of $7.5 billion to build a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network with a focus on filling gaps in rural and disadvantaged communities and hard-to-reach locations, as well as other vehicle electrification programs across the Departments.
Under Klein's leadership, the Joint Office will support states, cities, and local communities with implementing investments in zero-emission passenger, transit, and heavy-duty vehicles that support the Biden Administration's Justice40 Initiative goal of delivering 40% of the benefits from federal climate and clean energy investment to undeserved communities. These efforts will also support President Biden's national goal for half of all new United States passenger vehicle sales to be EVs by 2030.
Read the full press release to learn more about Gabe Klein's new role with the Joint Office.
Sep 14, 2022
The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that more than two-thirds of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure deployment plans from states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have been approved ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, established and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). With this early approval, these states can now unlock more than $900 million in NEVI formula funding from fiscal year (FY) 2022 and FY 2023 to help build EV chargers across approximately 53,000 miles of highway across the country. The NEVI formula funding under the BIL, which makes $5 billion available over five years, will help build a convenient, reliable, and affordable EV charging network across the country. Faster adoption of EVs is a critical part of the nation’s climate goals as transportation currently accounts for more than a quarter of all emissions. Read the full news release and find approved state plans.
Aug 29, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $1.66 billion in grants to transit agencies, territories, and states across the country for investments in 150 bus fleets and facilities. Funded by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the majority of the funded projects will use zero-emissions technology. Five percent of the funding will go toward training transit workers to maintain and operate new clean bus technology. Entities currently receiving or planning to apply for funds via FTA’s Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program, or other FTA programs, can contact the Joint Office for technical assistance to plan for and deploy clean transit buses.
Aug 2, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration announced that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico submitted EV infrastructure deployment plans as required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established and funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The on-time submission of every single plan demonstrates the widespread commitment from states to build out EV charging infrastructure to help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, create good jobs, and combat the climate crisis. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm joined the The Late Show to discuss the details.
Jul 20, 2022
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation announced a $1.5 million award to the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) that will foster collaboration in the development and deployment of a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network that will benefit all Americans. The partnership will convene stakeholders across local, state, and federal government to ensure that EV charging station infrastructure investments are made in a strategic, coordinated, efficient, and equitable manner with public and private-sector partners.
Jul 6, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the sixth round of Alternative Fuel Corridor designations, which now include all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The latest round of designations supports the buildout of a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network and supports the Joint Office's technical assistance work with states to accelerate the availability of EV charging stations near national highways across the country. Visit the data and tools page to understand where electric vehicle charging infrastructure is installed and where existing corridors are designated.
Jun 9, 2022
Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and projects for the construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers funded under title 23, United States Code. FHWA also released additional resources to help states successfully complete their deployment plans and access NEVI Formula Program funding to build out a national network of electric vehicle chargers. These resources include new NEVI Formula Program Questions and Answers and an exception template to help states, particularly rural states, evaluate the best locations for charging stations when it may not be possible to provide charging stations at the required 50-mile intervals.
Jun 9, 2022
The Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) was established on June 8, 2022. The activities of the EVWG include making recommendations regarding the development, adoption, and integration of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicles into the transportation and energy systems of the United States; coordinating and consulting with any existing federal interagency working groups on fleet conversion or other similar matters relating to electric vehicles; and reporting to the Secretaries of Energy and Transportation. More information will be published next week on the formal member nomination process.
May 20, 2022
The first round of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program is now available. Beginning today, the Joint Office will offer technical assistance to school districts on electric bus basics, charging equipment, utility connections, bus performance, and operational considerations like routing and maintenance. Technical assistance offered through the Joint Office will provide school districts with the knowledge, tools, and information needed to successfully plan for and deploy clean school buses. In the future, DriveElectric.gov will host additional tools and resources in support of school bus electrification.
Mar 1, 2022
The Joint Office participated in a signing ceremony with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enhance coordination between state energy offices and state departments of transportation. The MOU provides a framework for collaboration among national, regional, state, local, tribal, and private sector actors to build electric vehicle charging stations across the country.
Feb 10, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released guidance for state departments of transportation related to implementation of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The NEVI Formula Program will provide dedicated funding to states (appropriated by state) to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. DOT also published the Request for Nominations for the 6th round of alternative fuel corridor designations.
Feb 2, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new, free resource to help rural communities across the country take full advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The guide, titled Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure, can help connect community members, towns, businesses, planning agencies, and others with partners needed for these projects.
Dec 14, 2021
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to support the deployment of $7.5 billion from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build out a national electric vehicle charging network that can build public confidence, with a focus on filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach locations.