BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Public input is wanted by DOTD about the use of federal funds for a statewide electric vehicle infrastructure plan.

DOTD said they expect to receive $73.1 million for electric vehicle infrastructure in the next five years. The funds come from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

According to DOTD, funds will be distributed through a competitive grant program that will allow recipients to own, install and maintain electric vehicle charging stations in Louisiana. The department says it is working with Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. and Grant Management Group, LLC to submit an electric vehicle infrastructure deployment plan by Aug. 1.

“We aim to have Louisiana become a competitor in EVs, and in doing so want to convert the appropriate allocation of ‘gas’ station assets into ‘fuel’ stations where a wide variety of fuels are available, electricity for recharging EV batteries being one of them,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson in February 2022. “Once again, I’d like to thank Sen. Bill Cassidy and Congressman Troy Carter for their support of the IIJA bipartisan bill which will help the state move infrastructure projects forward.”

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