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July 1, 2019
Charging Ports Increased by 40 Percent between 2018 and 2019
Source: EV Hub
Despite continued growth, challenges surrounding charging accessibility continues to hold significant influence over consumer decisions when considering purchasing an EV.

Range anxiety is especially prevalent in the growing used EV market. States like Oregon are actively seeking to accelerate the used EV market with programs like the Charge Ahead rebates for low-income drivers looking to buy either new or used EVs. While these programs help bring down the cost of EVs and allow drivers to maximize savings potential, used EVs typically have less range than newer models. This leaves some drivers more dependent on public charging infrastructure.

Public programs, utility engagement, and private investment are accelerating public charging investment. Cumulative charging ports in the United States increased by 40 percent between the first quarters of 2018 and 2019 according to the EV Hub EV Charging Deployment Dashboard. This is up from a 26 percent increase between 2017 and 2018. As of June 2019, there were 68,241 charging ports recorded throughout the country. 84 percent of these are Level 2 stations and 30 percent of all charging stations are located in California.

Utility investment in charging infrastructure has more than doubled nationwide since 2017. Approved utility investments worth more than $1 billion support more than 47,000 charging stations. Many of these charging stations have not been built, and pending investments worth more than $1.5 billion could lead to the deployment of more than 115,000 additional charging stations. Utility investment is essential to reducing the charging gap, where 88 of 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States don’t have enough charging stations to satisfy growing EV demand by 2025 according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). While utility investment to date is significant, fewer than 20,000 of stations covered in approved programs are designated as public.

Public and private investment are critical to public charging. To date, more than $465 million in public funding at the state and local level, $400 million in federal grants, and $2.6 billion in private investment has been committed to expanding the national charging network. Public agencies working together with private sector entities will likely see the largest charging network expansion. Electrify America, which accounts for nearly $2 billion of the total private investment, works directly with agencies like the California Air Resources Board to ensure that their investments reach priority areas and support statewide transportation electrification goals.

Deployment of charging across the United States is positioned to accelerate. Public investment will expand as states continue awarding VW Settlement money. Only $25 million of the $270 million committed for charging infrastructure has been awarded.

Combined with increasing standardization in the private sector, where Electrify America and ChargePoint customers can now use the two charging services interchangeably, charging is likely to become both more accessible and convenient for drivers. The EV Hub will continue to track progress across the transportation electrification industry as we prepare to release our quarterly summary for the second quarter later this month.
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North Carolina Opens $27 Million Funding Round for Bus and Vehicle Replacement and DC Fast Charging

North Carolina announced the opening of its first round of funding for VW Settlement awards on June 17, 2019. RFPs for bus and vehicle replacement and DC fast charging programs will open on July 1, 2019 and close Septemeber 30, 2019.

This round of funding includes $24.5 million for bus and vehicle replacement, at least 40 percent of which will target school buses. The remaining $3.4 million will be allocated for fast charging projects along designated corridors. Read More Here

Washington Invests $13.3 Million from the VW Settlement for 50 Electric Transit Buses

On June 12, 2019, Washington announced $13.3 million in awards to help transit agencies across the state purchase 50 electric transit buses.

Transit agencies in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Clark, Benton and Spokane counties are set to receive up to $300,000 per bus to bring the upfront cost of the buses down to the level of diesel alternatives. King county will receive 23 of the buses covered in this round of funding. Read More Here

Iowa Awards $4.6 Million in VW Settlement Funding for Diesel and Propane Buses and Trucks

Iowa released information on the recipients of the state’s first cycle of VW Settlement funding on June 6, 2019. $4.6 million of the state’s $21 million total was awarded in this round. Grants include school buses, transit buses, freight trucks, and non-road vehicles. Only $200,000 or 4% of funds this cycle were awarded for electric off-road vehicles.

The second cycle of funding will be awarded later in 2019 and will prioritize zero emissions vehicles. Read More Here

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