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Powering Progress: Joint Office Updates

Jan. 29, 2024

We’re charging into the new year with a wave of exciting updates here at the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office). Stay tuned for opportunities and announcements that lie ahead in 2024 and read on for the latest Joint Office highlights and upcoming webinars. 

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Pennsylvania Opens First Public NEVI Funded EV Charging Stations 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Joint Office are celebrating the state of Pennsylvania as it joins Ohio and New York as one of the first states in the nation to deploy equitable electric vehicle (EV) charging stations funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. 

This new station in Pittston, a historic mining town southwest of Scranton, is conveniently located just two miles from the Scranton Airport providing EV drivers with convenient accessible charging. To learn more about this station opening, read the full news article at the Joint Office website.    

New Project Strengthens Reliable EV Charging Infrastructure 

In line with our mission to deploy a reliable, safe, and equitable network of EV chargers, the Joint Office is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Linux Foundation (LF) Energy on the EVerest project.

LF Energy’s EVerest project will develop and maintain independent open-source software tools to help communications across charging stations, vehicles, generation resources, batteries, adjacent chargers, power grids, backend payment systems, user interfaces, and mobile devices. Having open-source resources will facilitate interoperability between charging networks and support a reliable charging experience. Read the full news article on this announcement at driveelectric.gov.  

Other News Updates 

New Funding Enhances EV Charging Resiliency, Reliability, Equity, and Workforce Development

Nearly $150 Million In Grant Funding Will Bolster Existing U.S. EV Charging Infrastructure

Biden-Harris Administration Bolsters Electric Vehicle Future With More Than $600 Million in New Funding

Joint Office Executive Director Gabe Klein Explains the Government's Role as an EV Charging Catalyst (Episode 229)

Joint Office Executive Director Gabe Klein Details What's in Store for 2024

Biden-Harris Administration, U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Applaud Critical Milestone for SAE J3400 EV Charging Connector Standard 

Biden-Harris Administration Takes Key Step Toward Updating Federal Standards to Promote Innovation 

New Resources 


Director Shalanda Baker at Justice Week

Case Studies: Centering Equity in Community-Based E-Mobility Projects 

Argonne National Laboratory led the development of five case studies on projects that centered equity in community-based e-mobility projects for the Joint Office United Support for Transportation (JUST) Lab Consortium. These case studies describe projects designed to reduce air pollution, improve public health, increase affordable mobility options, and create educational and economic opportunities for residents. 

EV Charging Station Timelapse 

The Joint Office developed a timelapse of EV charging stations installed between January 2021 and December 2023. This new video highlights substantial progress in EV charger availability across the nation. 

EV Program Designs and Strategies to Enhance Equitable Deployment Report 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory authored this report for the Joint Office, which synthesizes and categorizes information from more than five dozen sources published between 2015 and 2023, including national, regional, and state-level electric vehicle supply equipment  (EVSE) program summaries, as well as updates, policy briefs, proposals, whitepapers, and reports.  

 FHWA Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Fact Sheets 

FHWA released three new fact sheets highlighting the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program benefits and resources. The CMAQ fact sheets include benefits for EVs and electrification, CO2 emissions and energy consumption reduction, and benefits in addition to emissions reductions. 

Recommendations for Minimum Required Error Codes for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Report 

This report and implementation guide from the ChargeX Consortium propose a set of standardized Minimum Required Error Codes to address the challenges associated with custom error codes in the North American EV charging ecosystem.   

Electrifying School Buses  

Check out this new technical assistance help sheet that shows fleet managers how electric school buses can work for their school district. 

 Electric Vehicle Safety Training Resources for First and Second Responders 

This resource from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office includes a list of training and educational resources for first and second responders specific to alternative fuel vehicles, with a particular focus on EV resources.  

Upcoming Webinars 


Permitting and Site Selection Strategies for EV Charging Infrastructure 

Feb. 13, 2024, 2-3 p.m. ET 

Join the Joint Office for the first of a two-part webinar series planning for permitting, zoning, and building code considerations for EV charging infrastructure. 

Register for the webinar.

Navigating Zoning and Building Codes for EV Charging Infrastructure 

Feb. 15, 2024, 2-3:30 p.m. ET 

Join the Joint Office for the second in a two-part webinar series on planning for permitting, zoning, and building code considerations for EV charging infrastructure. 

Register for the webinar.

Curbside EV Charging Strategies 

Feb. 27, 2024, 2-3 p.m. ET 

The Joint Office will host a webinar on best practices, challenges, and strategies for effectively planning, deploying, and operating EV curbside charging projects. 

Register for the webinar.  

Visit the DriveElectric.gov webinar page for upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars. 

About the Joint Office

The Joint Office is a collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation to support the buildout of a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers, zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses. Learn more at DriveElectric.gov.  

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