On Monday, U.S. Representative Greg Stanton announced that Mesa will receive a federal grant of approximately $12 million to assist in the development of its electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This grant will aid in the expansion of Mesa’s electric vehicle charging network.
According to the Stanton, the allocated funds will be utilized for the implementation of 48 charging stations for electric vehicles, as well as charging docks for e-scooters and e-bikes. Additionally, solar canopies will also be installed at the stations to generate electricity.
According to a press release, the state of Arizona is known to be a major center for electric vehicle production. The recent allocation of funds for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will aid cities such as Mesa in the implementation of their EV charging systems. Stanton expressed his gratitude for this opportunity.
The implementation of this initiative will result in various benefits such as convenience for drivers, reduced emissions, and an increase in well-compensated jobs within the clean energy sector.
In May, Stanton wrote a letter to Pete Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary, in support of the city’s grant application.
How does Mesa intend to support the development of EV charging infrastructure?
As Mesa continues to work towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 through its Climate Action Plan, the city has received federal funding for the installation of more electric vehicle charging stations.
In an effort to expand the availability of charging ports, Mesa has proposed a plan to finance the installation of ports in areas near residential complexes, communities, workplaces, and other locations where charging may not be easily accessible. This proposal was discussed in an October meeting of the Mesa City Council, which can be found in the meeting archives.
The city of Mesa has a total of 127 charging stations, as reported by ChargeHub. Out of these, 19 are available at no cost. These public ports are located at various places, such as the main library branch and grocery stores.