Electric Vehicle Charging Station Construction through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Means Jobs, Cleaner Air for Arizona

Statement from EDF Arizona Senior Director Kevin Moran

February 10, 2022
Ronna Kelly, (415) 293-6161, rkelly@edf.org

(PHOENIX, AZ – Feb. 10, 2022) Arizona will soon begin reaping rewards from the bipartisan infrastructure law, with today’s announcement from the Biden Administration kicking off a $5 billion construction project to build out the national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The new law passed by Congress last year will direct $76 million over five years to Arizona to expand the state’s EV charging network across highways, rural areas and underserved communities. Arizona will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in additional grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.

“Clean energy investments like these deliver in big ways for Arizonans. They mean less pollution, more jobs and go a long way in incentivizing growth in the important electric vehicle industry that is now booming in AZ,” said EDF Arizona Senior Director Kevin Moran. “We thank Senators Sinema and Kelly for their work on the bipartisan infrastructure law; their leadership was instrumental in its passage.”

According to a 2021 report, Arizona had over 56,000 clean energy jobs, ranking 19th in the country, with nearly 3,200 jobs associated with clean vehicles. Arizona has become a thriving hub for EV manufacturing and innovation, with six companies now manufacturing in the state.

“Building out the network of electric vehicle charging stations will expand the market for EVs and help reduce the principal source of pollution that’s contributing to climate change,” Moran added. “A comprehensive EV charging network means healthier air for Arizona families to breathe, good jobs that employ people who need work, and tangible progress along the path to cleaner power and transportation sectors. This funding allows us to prioritize the environment and paves the way for cleaner technology to prosper in Arizona.”

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