Massachusetts invests in EV infrastructure

The US state of Massachusetts has earmarked 50 million dollars for charging infrastructure across the state. The goal is to provide easy access to charging stations, encourage the electrification of state fleets and manage the impact of EV charging stations on the grid.

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The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Specifically, 12.5 million dollars will be spent on public “pole-mounted and streetlight chargers” near multi-unit dwelling neighbourhoods. Furthermore, a technical consultant will “provide guidance to municipalities for future implementation” of such chargers.

Another 9.5 million dollars have been reserved for chargers for medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles, i.e. trucks and buses. The goal is to implement mobile charging solutions, as “mobile charging represents a promising technology that could help fleet operators avoid delays and resist the urge to overbuild through temporary mobile charging solutions.”

The state will also invest in charging stations for ridesharing fleets and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) research and demonstration projects. In both cases, Massaschutests has earmarked eight million dollars each.

The state will also spend 9.5 million dollars on charging infrastructure at “60 or more high priority sites at state facilities.” All will receive an average of four charging spots and four “ready-make spots” so that the number of charging stations can easily be doubled. Moreover, the state will spend 1.5 million dollars installing EV charging for other state vehicles at “approximately 60 sites.”

A total of $604,000 will be spent on testing equipment and hiring “staff to conduct inspections of public charging stations to ensure that they remain in working order and adhere to a common set of standards.” The remaining $396,000 will be used to fund the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Coordinating Council (EVICC) “through the end of 2026 to help it continue to assess the current state of EV charging infrastructure.”

“This funding will help make a bigger impact in the lives of our residents across the state as it relates to the future of transportation,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt. “Taking the steps to increase measures like fast-charging stations and decarbonization will position us to offer better choices to residents that will be good for the environment and for us as we all work to respond to climate change.”


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