Tuesday, December 7, 2021

US Congress approves $1tn infrastructure bill, plan for network of 500,000 EV chargers

The US Congress has passed a one trillion dollar infrastructure package, following the Senate’s earlier agreement. President Biden now only has to sign it into law.

The trillion-dollar package includes $7.5 billion for expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure nationwide and $7.5 billion for electric buses. However, Biden had to make concessions. For example, for the national network with 500,000 EV charging stations, the compromise has been reached leaves $7.5Bn of the $15Bn Biden had initially envisioned.

In the briefing following the vote on Friday, the White House now specified:

“The legislation will provide funding for deployment of EV chargers along highway corridors to facilitate long-distance travel and within communities to provide convenient charging where people live, work, and shop. This investment will support the President’s goal of building a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs.”

For the purchase of electric school and public transport buses, the bipartisan draft now also provides $7.5Bn, instead of the previously wanted $45Bn.

The new deal also includes $66 billion for railroad operator Amtrak to fund a backlog of repairs and expand rail routes across the US.

Biden called the passage of the bill “a monumental step forward as a nation.”

“We did something long overdue, that long has been talked about in Washington but never actually been done,” he said.

With this Friday’s vote, it will now be sent to Biden.

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