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Powering Progress: Joint Office Updates

March 13, 2024

The Joint Office is marching into spring with recent highlights, resources, upcoming webinars, and in-person events. 

Joint Office Headlines

Map showing phases of charging hub roll out in United States.

Zero-Emission Freight Strategy

The Biden-Harris Administration has released the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy. Developed by the Joint Office, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the strategy sets an actionable vision and comprehensive approach to accelerate the deployment of a zero-emission freight network across the United States by 2040.

Joe Biden speaking in Colorado on energy investments.

J3400 RFI

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to build out a convenient, reliable, made-in-America national network of EV chargers, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from stakeholders on updating its minimum standards and requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. 

Ribbon cutting ceremony for station in Maui.

First NEVI Funded Charging Station Opens on Hawai’i 

The first EV charging station funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program is now open on the island of Maui. The creation of this station will bridge long distance gaps and provide reliable charging options in densely populated areas for travelers and locals alike. 

New Resources  

Charging Ahead: Resources to Support EV Charging Infrastructure

Crews install EV chargers at NREL.

Workforce Development Resources Webpage 

Check out this new webpage from the Joint Office, which houses resources and links to support workforce development activities for an electrified transportation system.  

The National Charging Experience Consortium (ChargeX Consortium) launched a new report that reviews best practices for EV charging payment systems. The report explains payment challenges and offers proposed solutions to help improve reliability of payment processing at public chargers.

Explore projects the Joint Office is funding to improve and expand zero-emission and EV charging infrastructure for all Americans.  

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.   

Fleet Forward: Resources for Deploying Zero-Emission Buses

Last month, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the $5 million Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA), funded by the Joint Office. CBPA reduces barriers to zero-emission bus deployment by providing school and transit bus fleets with free technical assistance to develop comprehensive and customized fleet electrification transition plans. NREL is accepting applications on a rolling basis. 

Upcoming Webinars 


March 13, 2024, 1-2 p.m. ET 

Join this webinar to hear more from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) about financing opportunities that stakeholders across the board, including private entities, cities, and municipalities, can utilize to decarbonize transportation systems and energy infrastructure.   

Zero-Emission Bus Resources 

March 14, 2024, 2-2:30 p.m. ET 

Join this webinar to learn about the latest resources available to help transit agencies and school bus fleets transition to zero-emission buses. Presenters from NREL will demonstrate how to use the new Route Planning Tool and how school and transit bus fleets can take advantage of the Clean Bus Planning Awards, which NREL launched last month. 

Overview for Electric School Bus Operators

April 10, 2024, 1-2:30 p.m. ET

Join the Joint Office, in coordination with the International Transportation Learning Center (ITLC) and school bus manufacturers, as we present the first in a four-part webinar training series on Electric School Bus familiarization. These webinars will provide operators, technicians, and other school bus fleet members a fundamental understanding of electric school bus technology.  

Courses will be presented live and include time for Q&A. Courses will be recorded and made available online with associated testing materials for school districts to incorporate into their internal training programs. 

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


Executive Director Gabe Klein presents at SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.
  • Joint Office Executive Director Gabe Klein led an interactive EV workshop for mayors at the recent Civic I/O Mayors Summit and spoke on transmission in the right-of-way at SXSW.  
  • Deputy Director Rachael Nealer discussed EVs and Big Data at SXSW on March 12.  
  • Gabe Klein will speak to Unlocking Private Investment through IRA and BIL at SAFE Summit on March 13. 
  • Rachael Nealer discusses the scale of equitable electrification at the EPRI Electrification Summit on March 13. 
  • Gabe Klein will provide opening remarks and Technical Assistance Program Manager Linda Bailey will lead a session at Forth Mobility’s Design and Fund Equitable Electric Transportation For Communities workshop in Washington, D.C., on March 14. 
  • Rachael Nealer will give the keynote at Carnegie Mellon University Energy Week on March 20. 
  • Joint Office Chief Technology Officer Alex Schroeder will be part of the opening keynote panel at the EV Charging Summit in Las Vegas on March 21. 
  • The Electric Vehicle Working Group will host its next meeting from April 2-3 on the development, adoption, and integration of electric vehicles into the U.S. transportation and energy systems. 

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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