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$50 Million in State ARPA Funds Allocated to EV Charging Infrastructure

By Tom Marino | February 9, 2024
Last Updated: February 9, 2024

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced Gov. Healey allocated $50 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Massachusetts. This initiative seeks to increase access to charging stations, electrify the state fleet, and ensure the efficient operation of public charging facilities.

The funds will be allocated to a range of charging infrastructure programs, including:

  • $12.5 million for curbside parking solutions for multi-unit dwellings to expand access to EV charging, particularly in environmental justice and urban communities.
  • $9.5 million for mobile charging solutions for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, addressing grid infrastructure limitations and reducing emissions.
  • $8 million for charging infrastructure to support ride-for-hire vehicle electrification, focusing on taxi and TNC fleets to promote EV use in urban and environmental justice communities.
  • $8 million for Vehicle-To-Everything (V2X) technology projects to allow EVs to support the grid, potentially reducing energy costs for EV owners.
  • $9.5 million to install EV charging stations at priority state facilities, with the goal of adding infrastructure at over 60 sites.
  • $1.5 million to fund charging infrastructure for other state vehicles, focusing on non-high priority sites and non-executive branch fleets.
  • $604,000 for testing equipment and staff to inspect public charging stations, ensuring operational standards.
  • $396,000 to support the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Coordinating Council (EVICC) in assessing EV charging needs through 2026.

The EVICC, established by the 2022 Climate Law, aims to create an equitable, accessible, and reliable EV charging network. Its initial assessment identified the need for 10,000 fast charging ports, 35,000 Level 2 stations, and over 700,000 residential and workplace charging stations by 2030.

“State and rideshare vehicles contribute a disproportionate amount of transportation emissions, so by investing in the electrification of these vehicles, we can have a much more cost-effective impact on emissions,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our administration is committed to leading by example in addressing climate change, and we are pleased that these funds will also allow Massachusetts to more quickly electrify its fleet.”

Healey also expanded the MOR-EV Program, offering rebates for purchasing or leasing EVs, including point-of-sale rebates, $3,500 rebates for used EVs for income-qualifying residents, and increased rebates for light-duty pickup trucks.

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