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Charging Up in Support of Rural Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

VACo spoke in support of SB 1466 (Marsden) and HB 1588 (Sullivan), which would create the Electric Vehicle Rural Infrastructure Program and Fund.  This Fund would make available up to $25 million each fiscal year and assist developers by offsetting up to 70 percent of the cost of electric vehicle charging stations.  According to the provisions outlined in the bill, smaller and more rural localities across the Commonwealth would benefit from the passage of these bills.  SB 1466 was reported out of the Senate Transportation Committee and referred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee by a vote of 14-1.  The House version was reported out of subcommittee unanimously and referred to the House Appropriations Committee where it has yet to be assigned to a docket or subcommittee.

In 2022, VACo for the first time added a position to its legislative platform supporting funding that provides for the availability and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.   VACo staff was excited to stand in support of SB 1466 and HB 1588 and wants to thank the patrons for introducing the legislation.  We will continue to update you as these bills are heard.

VACo Contact: James Hutzler

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