February 10, 2022

Neguse Secures Historic Investment for Colorado Electric Vehicles Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Colorado Set to Receive Over $8 Million for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Under The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Starting This Week 

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced the first round of investments under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law he helped pass to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Colorado. Neguse helped deliver over $8 million in EV infrastructure this year in FY 2022, part of a total $57 million investment over the next five years. The funds, administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT), will go directly to the construction of EV charging stations and put Coloradans back to work expanding green infrastructure across the state.

“As communities across Colorado face more frequent and more severe climate-related weather events— such as the record-setting wildfires we’ve witnessed this past year— it’s more clear than ever that we need to make major investments in strong, effective and green infrastructure that will support future generations and can always be relied on,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Colorado is already leading the nation when it comes to putting electric vehicles on the road. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we are delivering critical investments to expand our efforts, putting Coloradans to work reducing America’s carbon footprint. I am committed to working with our state and local leaders to ensure that Coloradans soon feel the tangible benefits of this historic legislation.”

The historic and bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Biden on November 15th, secured a once-in-a-generation investment to improve essential infrastructure across the nation. The law is expected to invest $7.5 billion to build out a national network of EV chargers in the United States. More information on this initial funding, which is provided through the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), can be found here.

Colorado is already taking steps to expand access to electric vehicles. In December 2021, Congressman Neguse toured the EV charging project at the North Boulder Rec Center in Boulder, CO, to see how local leaders are building EV infrastructure in their communities. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will better equip these efforts, help to reduce emissions and create good manufacturing jobs for Coloradans.

Background:

Congressman Joe Neguse secured the passage of several key priorities for Colorado in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This week, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that Colorado will receive its first $54 million to upgrade public transit systems under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Congressman Neguse also announced last month that Colorado will receive $716,509,999 in the first round of funding under the five years of federal investment in Colorado highways. Additionally, the law includes investments in wildfire management and climate resiliency, including Congressman Neguse’s Joint-Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Proposal, upgrades to America’s power grid to help communities prepare for climate related natural disasters and an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program, a proposal Rep. Neguse has been pushing since he started in Congress.