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Biden-Harris Administration Invests $54 Million to Expand Clean Transportation

April 22, 2024
Latest funding opportunity aims to enhance electric mobility in communities without access to home charging.

The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a $54 million Communities Taking Charge Accelerator funding opportunity through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to enhance electric mobility in communities without access to home charging infrastructure and to transition all types of fleets to electric vehicles.

The Communities Taking Charge Accelerator is administered by the U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and advances the mission and vision of the Joint Office by accelerating solutions that make it possible for communities everywhere to ride and drive electric, in line with strategies detailed in the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization.

The Communities Taking Charge funding opportunity extends access to electrification opportunities beyond existing Joint Office–supported programs to more communities across America. Funding is available to academic, non-profit, for-profit, and government entities for planning, demonstration, and/or deployment projects that drive innovation in equitable clean transportation. The funding topics and objectives are:

  • Solving for No-Home Charging: Expanding Charging Access for Privately Owned E-Mobility by funding e-mobility charging solutions for individuals without access to home charging for their electric vehicles and mobility devices (e.g., cars, e-bikes, e-scooters, electric wheelchairs, etc.).

  • Expanding E-Mobility Solutions through Electrified Micro, Light and Medium-Duty Fleets by funding charging and deployment solutions for electrified ultra-light, micro, light, and medium-duty fleets that transport people through shared rides, shared vehicles (including micromobility), or transit operations, and that transport goods to communities through last mile delivery vehicles.

  • Managed Charging for Clean Reliable Energy, which funds projects that accelerate solutions in the EV charging ecosystem, including requirements and specifications for end-to-end managed charging functionality, to make the most efficient use of infrastructure and minimize impacts on the electrical grid.

This new funding builds on the Joint Office’s existing work supporting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program and Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program, which provide $7.5 billion for states and communities to build a convenient and reliable national charging network. Additional programs like DOT’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program for Transit and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program provide up to $10.6 billion for electric bus deployment.

Visit the Communities Taking Charge Accelerator page on DriveElectric.gov to read the funding opportunity: FY2024 Communities Taking Charge Accelerator. Applicants must submit a concept paper by May 20, 2024, and full applications are due July 16, 2024.

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