The Federal Highway Administration has approved Georgia’s plan for rolling out a network of electric vehicle charging stations, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.
A nationwide analysis is looking at future charging needs in each state based on projected electric vehicle sales. Estimates show that Georgia is trending in a positive direction.
The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t have “climate” in its name but it’s expected to bring an estimated $180 million of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to Georgia by 2030 and add almost 110,000 clean energy jobs in the state.
Georgia has positioned itself on the ground floor of the electric-vehicle revolution and is poised for further growth as demand for EVs takes off, the state’s economic development chief said Wednesday.
Georgia’s multiyear plan to spend $135 million in new federal funding to boost electric vehicle charging will focus on the state’s rural and underserved communities, where fast public charging can be hard to come by.
South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai, the parent company for Kia, is in talks to build a second automobile plant in Georgia. The new factory would build electric vehicles.
Georgia ranks tops in the region for electric vehicle manufacturing jobs and charging development.
Georgia recently nabbed an agreement for a $5 billion Rivian electric vehicle plant. Rivian is one of the hot new electric vehicle startups.
The state Department of Education is responding to last week’s announcement that a major electric vehicle manufacturing plant will be built in Georgia by creating an EV career pathway.
The White House this week outlined a plan to install electric vehicle charger nationwide, a step it says is vital to improving the accessibility and practicality of nontraditional vehicles.
The automaker says it will create 7,500 jobs and be able to eventually produce up to 400,000 vehicles a year.
Georgia could soon see more charging stations for electric vehicles, thanks to federal infrastructure money. Electric car owners say things are looking up.
Georgia is below the national average for clean energy jobs as a share of the workforce, but is expecting new jobs in the fast-growing electric vehicle sector.
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