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Florida Politics: Florida Investing $8.5M Toward Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Posted by Renzo Downey on Jul 10, 2020

Florida Politics covered Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' announcement to allocate $8.5 million from the Volkswagen settlement to improve the state’s EV charging grid, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FlaPol piece here. 

With funds from the Volkswagen settlement, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida is committing $8.5 million in contracts to improving the state’s electric vehicle charging grid. Florida has received $166 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. Of those funds to benefit air quality improvements, the state can spend 15%, or about $25 million, on electric vehicle charging stations. DeSantis said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the disbursement, but touted the latest environmental protection update Friday. The 74 new fast electric charging stations could be operational within 60 days...

“The result of all this work will mean electric car owners will not have to worry about where they will be able to charge their car when using our major highways,” he said. The first round of new charging stations will focus on South and Central Florida, along interstates 75 and 95. Future plans include expanding into the Panhandle and Interstate 10... Electric vehicles currently make up about 1% of the market, but in a few years, they could be on price parity with traditional cars, says Dylan Reed, director of Advanced Energy Economy.

States need to be prepared with charging infrastructure, so consumers feel comfortable to buy an electric vehicle, he told Florida Politics upon the bill’s passage. Charging stations along the Turnpike System will also help facilitate hurricane evacuations, DeSantis said. The new legislation also allows the Division of Emergency Management to create emergency staging grounds along the Turnpike...

Read the entire FlaPol piece here. 

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