U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich announced Friday that New Mexico’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan has been approved by the Biden administration, and the state is expected to receive $38 million over five years to support the expansion of its electric vehicle charging network.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is providing nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create charging networks.
The funding is part of a broader effort to boost the electric vehicle industry in the U.S., and make the vehicles more accessible and feasible for people across the U.S., including in rural communities.
“As a mechanical engineering student in college, I was part of a team that designed and raced a carbon fiber solar car from Dallas to Minneapolis. It’s exciting to see how EV technology has taken off since then — and created new careers,” Heinrich, a Democrat, said in a statement.
“This historic funding will build out the first-ever nationwide charging network, accelerate the adoption of EVs to address the climate crisis and help New Mexico drivers save money,” he added.