Nebraska Proposes EV Infrastructure Funding Bill
Feb. 24, 2022—A new bill entering the Nebraska legislature could help jump-start the state's adoption of electric vehicles.
Legislative Bill 1257, introduced by Sen. Eliot Bostar (D-Lincoln), would allocate $10 million in federal funding to help build and maintain EV chargers across the state. According to a report from WOWT, the funding would be primarily directed at bolstering infrastructure in rural areas.
“The No. 1 obstacle to widespread adoption of electric vehicles is range anxiety, the fear of being nowhere near a charging station after depleting your vehicle’s charge,” Bostar said Wednesday in a legislative hearing. “Installing charging stations throughout the state, in rural areas as well as high traffic corridors, will provide Nebraskans living in every corner of the state with the freedom to purchase an electric vehicle."
Nebraska recently received an allocation of $30.2 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in November specifically for EV infrastructure development. Bostar says his $10 million bill would supplement that federal funding, which is intended to boost EV infrastructure along interstates and other major thoroughfares.