Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that Texas will receive $60,356,706 this year under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along key roads and highways. These investments will create good-paying jobs to improve charger access for Texas drivers, help protect Texas's environment and support American car manufacturers' rapidly-growing EV production.
"Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and Congressional Democrats, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for Texans," said Cuellar. "For too long, unreliable and inconsistent charging facilities have plagued Texas's roads and highways, hampering drivers and our economy. These overdue investments will strengthen our state's critical infrastructure -- paving the way for cleaner, easier driving and supporting good-paying union jobs. I was proud to vote for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and I remain committed to working with our state and local leaders to ensure that these funds are swiftly deployed to where Texas drivers need them most."
The United States' network of 100,000 chargers is currently insufficient to service the growing number of EV owners -- and also struggles with inconsistent plug types, payment options and data availability. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing in good-paying union jobs to address these shortcomings, advancing President Biden's goal to expand the U.S. network to 500,000 chargers and grow electric vehicles sales to 50 percent of the automobile market by 2030.
Distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, the funds announced today will put Texans to work building a convenient and equitable network of chargers across the state, making electric vehicles more accessible for both local and long-distance trips. In total, the FHWA is delivering nearly $5 billion in formula funding over the next five years to expand charging access across the country.
"This is a major victory for Texas drivers, our economy and our environment," Cuellar continued. "I was proud to vote for this historic investment in our nation's future infrastructure, and I will continue fighting to ensure that Texas receives its fair share of funding."