Climate law leaves out EV chargers for federal fleet

Source: By ANDRES PICON, E&E News • Posted: Monday, August 22, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act did not include a hoped-for provision to fund the infrastructure needed to support the government’s switch to electric vehicles.

A driver uses a fast-charging station for electric vehicles last year in the cell phone lot at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.

A driver uses a fast-charging station for electric vehicles last year in the cellphone lot at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

As Democratic senators negotiated provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, they decided to cut a key investment for electrifying the federal fleet: hundreds of millions of dollars for charging infrastructure.

The law signed by President Joe Biden last week is the largest-ever investment in clean energy from Congress, and it includes measures that will spur EV innovation and access.

Such investment is needed to meet Biden’s executive order calling for zero-emission vehicles to make up 100 percent of light-duty government vehicle purchases by 2027. The omission stands out as a “huge missed opportunity,” said Dorothy Robyn, a senior fellow at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation.

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