Vol. 35 - September 2022 | ©2022 by Vidal, Nieves & Bauzá, LLC. All rights reserved.
Governor Pierluisi announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration included Puerto Rico in its “Alternative Fuel Corridor” designations, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden. Specifically, Puerto Rico’s main highways PR-2, PR-22 and PR-52 have been designated as “Alternative Fuel Corridors”. This designation will allow Puerto Rico to receive federal funds for the development of an electric vehicle charging network in its highways.
Governor Pierluisi confirmed that this new designation “marks the beginning of the investment of federal funds for centers on PR-2, PR-22, and PR-52.” Thus, this designation will support the development of the EV charging station infrastructure across the PR highways, offering reliability to electric transportation in the Island while minimizing harmful emissions and reducing the dependency of fossil fuels.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, which will provide funding to states, including Puerto Rico, to develop the EV charging national network. Puerto Rico was allocated approximately $2 million in 2022, which it will access once its charging infrastructure plan is approved. The Alternative Fuel Corridor designations will allow the expansion of the nation’s EV charging infrastructure, including Puerto Rico.
Should you or your company have any questions or interest with respect to the deployment of the EV charger’s infrastructure in Puerto Rico, you may contact the attorneys at Vidal, Nieves & Bauzá, LLC, a corporate law firm with special emphasis in energy and environmental matters, corporate, tax, transactional, real estate and insurance practices.