EC Applauds Cooper Administration for Electric Transportation Budget Proposals in North Carolina

ATLANTA — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 Wednesday. The plan recommends that $22 million be allocated to the state’s Department of Transportation to support electric vehicles and transportation technology innovation, with more than $10 million dedicated to leveraging federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in 2021.

A city highway in North Carolina

In response to the proposed state budget, the Electrification Coalition’s Director of Policy Anne Blair made the following statement:

“The Electrification Coalition is thrilled to see the governor’s office propose new funding that would help cities and counties access the many benefits of electrified transportation. We applaud the administration for proposing investments in key positions at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other state agencies, which will be critical to increasing the adoption of EVs across the Tar Heel State.

“North Carolina is a leader in transportation electrification. In January 2022, Gov. Cooper issued Executive Order No. 246, which set ambitious climate and equity goals and established a bold vision to electrify transportation in North Carolina. Combined with the executive order, the governor’s proposed budget will accelerate North Carolina’s work to build a healthier and more secure transportation future.

“We hope that leaders in the General Assembly will pass the budget quickly to unlock the benefits this funding can provide to all North Carolinians. We look forward to working with the administration to achieve these goals.”

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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate widespread adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks caused by America’s dependence on oil.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.