Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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ATLANTA — The Electrification Coalition (EC) applauds the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for submitting its National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) state plan. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to deploy a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network, the Georgia Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan will guide the administration of federal funds allocated to Georgia to build EV charging infrastructure along its alternative fuel corridors and accelerate Georgia’s electric mobility future.
Georgia is slated to receive $27 million in the first year of the NEVI program. The EC applauds Georgia for creating a strong state plan, which represents a significant investment in the future of electric transportation. In doing so, Georgia will augment its economy and ensure that EV drivers can travel across the state with ease and confidence. The investment will also bring new EV charging stations to rural communities across the state and emphasizes Georgia’s existing investment in manufacturing.
“In submitting its state plan, Georgia is taking an important step toward ensuring that all of its communities have greater access to EV charging infrastructure, and can benefit from cleaner transportation options,” said Anne Blair, policy director of the EC.
To lead regionally and nationally on transportation electrification, the EC urges the following policy and engagement actions:
- Expand leadership in manufacturing. Policymakers should continue supporting manufacturing incentives and other policies that establish Georgia as a hub for domestic EV supply chain manufacturing, leveraging the state’s research, innovation and light-duty manufacturing to be leaders in the industry.
- Increase consumer access to EVs. Ensure EV availability in the state by adopting key policies that will expand the freedom of consumers to buy the EV of their choice.
- Support equitable charging access and community engagement. Ensure that community-based organizations representing disadvantaged communities are included in their stakeholder engagement, ensuring community buy-in and easing procurement.
- Provide clarity to electric utility providers on how to ensure grid resiliency and reliability with the anticipated increase in EV adoption, as well as support for utility investment in EV infrastructure and programs.
- Prepare for medium- and heavy-duty electrification. Current funding opportunities present a unique opportunity to plan for transportation needs beyond light-duty, passenger vehicles. Agreements such as the NESCAUM Medium- & Heavy-Duty MOU would help Georgia set and meet electrification goals across all vehicle types. With several key corridors and interstates, Georgia must begin infrastructure planning now to support the freight and delivery industry of the future.
- Electrify the State fleet. The State of Georgia should transition 100% of its fleet to zero-emission vehicles while supporting state electrification goals. This policy leads from the front and sets the precedent for electrifying other public and private fleets in the state.
The EC has over a decade of experience developing and deploying tools and resources that support electric vehicle adoption, supporting states, local governments and communities across the country with programs and policies to drive a transportation electrification future. The EC looks forward to working with Georgia to support the effective, efficient and equitable deployment of its NEVI state plan.
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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate the widespread deployment of electric vehicles in order to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.