Mesa Receives $11.8 Million to Strengthen its Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network

~ Mesa, Arizona - The city of Mesa is making strides towards a more sustainable future by expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Thanks to an $11.8 million grant from the US Department of Transportation's Charging and Fueling Discretionary Grant Program, Mesa will be adding 48 new charging ports throughout the city.

Mayor John Giles expressed his excitement about the grant, stating that Mesa and Arizona are leading the way in EV adoption and this investment will have a significant impact on the city's charging infrastructure. He also mentioned that this expansion aligns with Mesa's strategic plan to make EVs more accessible for residents and businesses.

Currently, there are 49 public EV charging stations with 118 ports in Mesa, serving over 3,200 city residents who drive electric vehicles. With the CFI grant funds, this number will increase by 40%, strategically placing new charging options based on the needs identified in Mesa's Community Electric Vehicle Action Plan.

The enhanced EV charging network will consist of three categories of new charging hubs: neighborhood charging in downtown Mesa to support local businesses and residents, fast charging along the U.S. 60 for longer trips and quicker charges, and public fleet charging in west and east Mesa for general public use and small to medium-sized businesses looking to electrify their fleets.

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Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema expressed her pride in securing this investment for Mesa, stating that it is another step towards a cleaner, healthier, and safer Arizona. Senator Mark Kelly also praised the city's efforts in building a clean energy economy through investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Mesa has been committed to addressing climate change since adopting its Climate Action Plan in June 2022. To reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the city is investing in an EV future by developing a fleet transition plan and a Community Charging EV plan. This forward-thinking approach has already resulted in Arizona's first fully electric North American-style fire truck and the addition of 48 Ford Lightning Trucks in various city departments.

U.S. Representative Greg Stanton also commended Mesa's efforts, stating that Arizona is already a hub for EV manufacturing and this grant will further support communities like Mesa in expanding their EV charging networks, leading to convenience for drivers, lower emissions, and more clean energy jobs.

In the coming weeks, City of Mesa staff will be identifying sites for new charging stations within the areas identified in the Community Electric Vehicle Action Plan. With this significant investment and strategic planning, Mesa is well on its way to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

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