A $287 billion bill to fund highway infrastructure improvements, including electric vehicle charging stations, received unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week.
On Tuesday the committee voted to advance the bill to the full Senate in the fall, Utility Dive’s Max Witynski reported.
A section of the bill subtitled “Climate Change” calls for establishing a grant program “to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors that will be accessible to all drivers of electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, and natural gas vehicles.”
The bill earmarks $1 billion in funding for the grants spread out over five years.
David Schatz, director of public policy at the EV infrastructure company Chargepoint, told Utility Dive, “We see this as a major step forward in America’s global leadership in transportation electrification.” He added that Chargepoint “absolutely” foresees potential partnerships between grantees and industry.
In addition to the EV charging stations, the $287 billion, five-year reauthorization bill — called the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 — includes substantial improvements for highways, bridges, and other aspects of the country’s infrastructure.
The president expressed support for the bill on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.