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Georgia Receives Nearly $135 Million For Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

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Staff Writer

According to Georgia Power, by 2030, 50% of all new cars purchased in the state will be electric vehicles (EV). 

To support these new EV owners, Georgia was awarded $134,975,283 in federal funds to go towards creating new electric vehicle charging infrastructure, $19,978,342 of which will come this fiscal year. 

The state will begin constructing new charging sites on I-75, I-20, I-85, I-16, US 82, US-441, I-95, I-985/US 23, I-575/GA 515, and I-185, as instructed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 

The money is awarded through the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which gives nearly $5 billion nationally over the next five years towards bettering EV infrastructure across the country. 

More information about Georgia’s plan to use these funds can be found here

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