ODOT awarded $10M for EV chargers amid ‘critical juncture’ in climate battle

PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – The Oregon Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to repair and replace electric vehicle chargers across the state, lawmakers announced Monday.

Officials said the investments will improve EV charger reliability and accessibility, noting the funds stem from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“Electric vehicles mean cleaner air, healthier communities, and a whole lot less climate pollution,” Senator Jeff Merkley said in a statement. “We know that gasoline and diesel vehicle emissions contribute greatly to climate chaos, but electric vehicles are not effective without accessible and working chargers. I am pleased this grant will supercharge ODOT’s efforts to repair and improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state as we continue to fight climate chaos.”

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said the investments come at a “critical juncture” to reverse the effects of climate change, adding, “I am gratified that this improved infrastructure will help reduce the number of pollution-belching cars on our roads by providing cheap and easy ‘fueling’ options for Oregonians and visitors to the state.”

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