Last November, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), formerly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, passed the legislature and was approved by the President. This legislation provides funding to fix roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, and more. Importantly, the IIJA also includes $128 billion in investments in clean mobility solutions, including the following:
- $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging stations
- $39 billion for modernizing public transit and increasing accessibility
- $11 billion for transportation safety projects with an emphasis on pedestrians and cyclists
- $66 billion for rail projects
- $5 billion for low- and zero-emission buses
- $3 billion for battery manufacturing and recycling
- $1.1 billion for low or no emission programs
There are dozens of programs and funding opportunities created by the IIJA. They are broken down into two main categories: formula and competitive. Formula funds are doled out to states based on a predetermined formula. For formula opportunities, we already know how much money Michigan is set to receive over the next 5 years. These programs offer an opportunity to invest in electric vehicle charging equipment, vehicle-to-grid demonstration projects, electrifying public transportation, and more.
Then, there are competitive funds, which units of government, private companies, and others can apply for. Competitive funding opportunities include the rebates for clean school buses, manufacturing grants, and more.
To help make sense of the billions of dollars of funding available and to support our members and partners in winning competitive funding for Michigan projects, Clean Fuels Michigan created a webpage displaying the relevant clean mobility programs created by the IIJA.
On the page, users can search for programs relevant to them by keywords like vehicle or fuel type. Then, there are pages specific to each program that offer more details, such as the timeline for funding, what entities can apply, eligible projects, and more. IIJA program details are being released on an ongoing basis, and we will keep these pages up to date to the best of our abilities. If you have any questions about how to use this resource or would like more information about a certain IIJA program, please reach out to Micah Dymond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled by this investment in clean, advanced transportation because it benefits everyone with cleaner air, good jobs, and a healthy economy. We are dedicated to continuing the momentum so that the clean transportation industry continues to thrive in Michigan and beyond.