Electric vehicles (EVs) are a growing share of America’s fleet through
new federal and state investments. Similar investments are also being made to expand charging infrastructure from utility companies and private sector partners.

In the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) alone, the federal government commits $7.5 billion for states and cities to build out an additional 500,000 EV chargers across the U.S.

With EVs coming to communities, local leaders in cities, towns and villages of all sizes need to be ready to ask the necessary questions about EVs and the electric charging infrastructure that they require. This brief provides an overview of EV federal programs and resources, offers key questions that local leaders can ask to prepare for EVs, and examples of how municipalities are addressing EV policies and infrastructure. The brief also includes a glossary of key terms and concepts to better understand the basics of EVs.