THEA Prepares for the EV Future

On February 15th, 2023, the Biden administration announced the next steps in its plan to deliver 500,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the U.S. by 2030. The minimum standards for federally funded EV infrastructure are being published now, finalizing the Build America, Buy America implementation plan for EV charging equipment. Soon, cities, towns, and states will be able to apply for the first round of $2.5 billion in competitive grants to build EV charging stations. 

THEA strives to be a leader in advancing innovative mobility solutions and infrastructure, knowing that the next evolution of technology will lead to safer and more reliable transportation. Our agency presented a comprehensive EV Charging Business Plan to research technology components and configurations for the Selmon network of roads. The Plan identifies how we can best accommodate EV charging stations on our facilities to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles destined for our community. 

Establishing national standards for EV infrastructure gives current EV users confidence that they will be able to find available, safe, and reliable charging stations across the country, a crucial step forward toward building a seamless national network of roads. 

In addition to leading the way with innovative transportation solutions, THEA cares about the positive aspects associated with access to EV charging infrastructure, such as clean and sustainable energy. 

Tampa Bay is garnering national attention as a top city to live in and is experiencing a population boom. According to the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the Hillsborough County population is expected to reach almost 2 million by 2030, an increase of 38%. With such rapid growth in our region, THEA is researching a variety of ways to not only deliver the most cutting-edge mobility solutions but also provide sustainable transportation infrastructure that encourages building thriving communities with clean energy.

We will continue to update our community on our progress in the EV technology and other progressive concepts that will address current and future transportation challenges.