By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of 29 U.S. House Democrats want congressional leaders to include at least $160 billion in additional funding for electric vehicles as part of a $3.5 trillion spending measure, according to a letter seen by Reuters.
A bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill includes $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations and some other EV-related funding estimated at $2.5 billion to $5.5 billion.
President Joe Biden in March called for $174 billion in total spending on electric vehicles, including $100 billion in consumer incentives and $15 billion to build 500,000 EV charging stations.
The previously unreported letter dated Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Congress should ensure at least $174 billion in total EV funding “including light-duty consumer incentives, EV charging infrastructure funding, EV manufacturing incentives, federal EV procurement requirements, and incentives to electrify heavy-duty commercial fleets.”
They also want “no less than 40% of the investments go to
“Robust EV investments are critical to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, and we must be willing to take bold steps to build a better future. The push for vehicle electrification has far reaching effects, helping us ensure clean air for American families and create healthier, more resilient communities,” she said.
On Tuesday, a separate group of Democratic lawmakers said they wanted $85 billion for electric vehicle charging efforts.
(Reporting by David Shepardson)