- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availability of Additional $4 Million to Fund Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that an additional $4 million has been made available to support new and enhanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs across the state, as part of the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP). These programs, funded by the 2017 settlement of the Volkswagen (VW) diesel emissions court case, will provide $1.5 million in funding for fast-charging stations, $1.5 million for public-access charging stations, and $1 million for workplace and fleets charging station infrastructure.
“Shifting a zero-emission transportation system is essential as we seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The electric vehicle charging programs announced today will also provide economic development opportunities across Massachusetts and support the growth of innovative clean energy jobs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This announcement builds on our recent commitment to launching the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program to reduce transportation emissions and invest in cleaner, more affordable transportation options for Massachusetts residents.”
“Emissions from the transportation sector pollute our environment and threaten the health of citizens across Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By funding these important electric vehicle infrastructure programs, we will continue to shift toward alternative-energy vehicles and put the Commonwealth on the path to a net zero emission future.”
The Massachusetts Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan announced last December committed the Commonwealth to designating 15 percent of the VW funding to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, totaling approximately $11.25 million. The Administration has previously made $5 million in VW funds available for various MassEVIP programs, and today adds $1.5 million in funding for a new competitive Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) program, $1.5 million for a new rolling-enrollment Public Access Charging (PAC) program, and an additional $1 million for a revamped Workplace and Fleets (WPF) charging program.
“Our Administration is investing in the electrifying the transportation sector to combat climate change while protecting public health and boosting the Commonwealth’s economy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “These programs will help build upon Massachusetts’ existing charging infrastructure with faster technology to support thousands of drivers who will be able to charge their vehicles in a matter of minutes.”
Administered through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), MassEVIP is making these funds available to private, public and non-profit employers, and educational and multi-unit residential property owners in the Commonwealth in order to install standard Level 1 (120-volt) and Level 2 (240-volt) EV charging stations, as well as Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations.
“Adding more charging stations to our current network will accelerate and increase market demand for electric vehicles,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Drivers will have greater access to convenient and reliable public fast-charging locations, reducing range anxiety and allowing them to travel without concern about where to charge.”
“I’m thrilled to see that additional funding has been made available to the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program,” said Representative Pignatelli, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. “The majority of emissions in Massachusetts come from the transportation sector, and as a Commonwealth, we have an obligation to address air pollution and do what we can to reduce emissions. The new funds being added to the MassEVIP will play critical role in improving charging stations for electric vehicles across the state, and I’m thankful to MassDEP for all of their efforts towards addressing climate change head on.”
“I appreciate the attention by DEP and their work to make sure funds are available to communities to encourage and support the use of electric vehicles," said Chairwoman Anne Gobi, the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. "It is great to see so many charging stations in place around my district and to see them being used. Just one more sign that we are all doing our part to support a sustainable future.”
Under this new and enhanced funding under the VW settlement, MassEVIP will fund electric vehicle charging equipment and installation costs through the following programs:
- A new $1.5 million for a competitive Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) program, with an application deadline of March 19, 2021. See more here.
- An additional $1.5 million for a rolling-enrollment Public Access Charging (PAC) program, extending a prior fully subscribed $2 million competitive version of this program. Improvements over the prior PAC program include accepting applications on a rolling basis and adding Level 1 charging stations as eligible equipment. See more here.
- An additional $1 million for a rolling-enrollment Workplace and Fleets (WPF) charging program, extending the existing $1.5 million program, for a total of $2.5 million. Improvements over the prior Workplace Charging and Fleets programs include allowing private and non-profit fleet owners to apply, adding Level 1 stations as eligible equipment for fleets, and adding coverage of installation costs for workplaces. See more here.
- An existing $1.5 million for a rolling-enrollment Multi-Unit Dwelling and Educational Campus charging program. Improvements over the prior program include reducing the minimum number of residential units from 10 to 5, allowing educational campuses to apply, and adding coverage of installation costs. See more here.
For more information about MassEVIP, turn here.
As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to reducing emission from transportation, last week Governor Charlie Baker joined Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in launching a groundbreaking multi-state program that will reduce motor vehicle pollution by at least 26 percent and generate over $1.8 billion in Massachusetts by 2032. The bipartisan Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) will allow participating jurisdictions to invest in equitable, cleaner transportation options, and create significant new employment opportunities while substantially improving public health across the Commonwealth and New England.