US SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) announced that New Mexico Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Deployment Plan was approved by the Biden-Harris administration, under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program, established and funded by the infrastructure law that Senator Heinrich signed into law.
With that approval, Funds for fiscal year 2022 are now available for New Mexico. New Mexico, one of the first states to have plans approved, is set to receive $38 million over five years to support the expansion of an electric vehicle charging network in the state.
“As a mechanical engineering student in college, I was part of a team that designed and piloted a carbon fiber solar car from Dallas to Minneapolis. It’s exciting to see how electric vehicle technology has since taken off and created new careers,” Heinrich said. “This historic funding will build the first-ever nationwide charging network, accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles to address the climate crisis and to help New Mexico drivers save money.”
The NEVI program, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is providing nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of electric vehicle charging stations along designated alternative fuel corridors, particularly along of the interstate highway system. The total amount available to states in fiscal year 2022 under the NEVI Formula program is $615 million. States were required to submit an electric vehicle infrastructure deployment plan before accessing these funds.
Senator Heinrich also defended the Cut Inflation Act, which will lower the list price of electric vehicles, give New Mexicans tax credits for the purchase of new and used electric vehicles, as well as making an additional $3 billion available to help support access to electric vehicle charging for economically disadvantaged communities through the Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program.
Senator Heinrich also supported the CHIPS and Science Act which will strengthen American leadership in semiconductors, important for all vehicles, including electric vehicles, providing $52.7 billion for research, development, manufacturing and the development of America’s semiconductor workforce. This includes $39 billion in manufacturing incentives, including $2 billion for legacy chips used in automobiles.
Senator Heinrich is committed to helping New Mexico communities build electric vehicle infrastructure, including at visitor centers on public lands and gateway communities. Heinrich has regularly brought local, state, tribal, and federal officials together with nonprofit organizations to spark discussions on policy recommendations, resources to implement real solutions to reduce carbon emissions, and receive technical assistance. These recommendations included fleet electrification, charging infrastructure and rural electrification.
Senator Heinrich also supports President Biden’s executive order that sets a new goal to make half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell electric vehicles. .
Senator Heinrich published a complete guide which provides information on Infrastructure Act-funded programs and opportunities available through the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Government. Communications Committee.
The Biden-Harris administration also released a guide, Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Financing Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure, that connects rural communities to the partners needed for these EV charging projects. The toolkit brings rural New Mexico communities together so they too can take advantage of the employment and economic opportunities of the new electric vehicle charging network. It contains best practices for planning EV charging networks and tips for navigating federal funding and financing to help make these projects a reality.