$4.2 Million federal grant helps expand Michiana's EV charging network

NOW: $4.2 Million federal grant helps expand Michiana’s EV charging network

The Biden Administration is helping expand the country’s electric vehicle charging network. 

$4.2 million in federal grant funding was awarded here locally to the Michiana Area Council of Governments, which plans to add both level 2 and level 3 charging stations. 

Level 3 is the fastest charging option. It can bring your battery up to an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. 

2 of those will be installed along US 30 in Plymouth and Warsaw, and a third at South Bend International Airport. 

32 charging stations will be level 2 stations. That means you’ll get to 80% battery in about 8-12 hours. 

14 of those level 2 stations will go in smaller Michiana towns, and the other 18 will go in urban areas. 

James Turnwald, Executive Director of MACOG says the stations will be added, “throughout Elkhart, Goshen, South Bend, Plymouth, Warsaw, as well as a number of our small towns, making sure that kind of the whole region has opportunity.” 

This all goes to further the country’s efforts of making EV's half of all car sales by the year 2030. 

Similarly, South Bend also wants 39 charging stations available by 2030. 

A lot of the locations MACOG is focusing on are public facilities and places neighbors would already be traveling to during the day, like libraries and town centers. 

A full list of grant recipients can be found here. 

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