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$51 Million Earmarked to Improve EV Charging Experience

May 23, 2023
Joint Office of Energy and Transportation announces Ride and Drive Electric opportunity and ChargeX Consortium.

The Biden-Harris administration recently announced the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation’s $51 million Ride and Drive Electric funding opportunity to support the rapid transition to electrified transportation and catalyze private sector investments in clean transportation. It also unveiled the launch of the National Charging Experience Consortium to accelerate rapid, on-the-ground solutions that ensure a reliable, equitable, and easy-to-use charging experience for all Americans.

The Ride and Drive Electric funding opportunity will be administered by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), which was created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to leverage the combined expertise of the departments of Energy and Transportation to build out a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network that can build public confidence and fill gaps in rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach locations.

The ChargeX Consortium is a new effort led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories that will work to rapidly develop solutions that ensure a reliable and frictionless charging experience for all Americans. Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will collaborate with organizations representing a cross-section of the EV charging industry on complex issues that require multi-stakeholder collaboration to solve and simplify.

The Consortium already has commitments from more than 25 companies and organizations working to support the deployment of a reliable national charging network. The ChargeX Consortium builds on the foundation for charging reliability established by the minimum standards for Federal Highway Administration Title 23 funded EV charging infrastructure projects and complements the Ride and Drive Electric funding opportunity.

Read more about the Ride and Drive Electric Funding opportunity and ChargeX Consortium on DriveElectric.gov.

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