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.
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.