In a move to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and support the domestic manufacturing of batteries, President Joe Biden’s administration has unveiled a $15.5 billion investment from the United States Department of Energy.
The United States Department of Energy is providing $15.5 billion to boost the production of electric vehicles and batteries, supporting the country’s transition to cleaner transportation alternatives.
Supporting Automakers in Transitioning to EV Manufacturing
The majority of the funds, amounting to $12 billion, will be allocated to automakers and suppliers. This financial support is aimed at helping them retool their manufacturing plants to produce a variety of electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It will cover the conversion projects for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty EVs. The allocation consists of $2 billion in grants and $10 billion in loans.
Boosting Domestic Battery Manufacturing
Furthermore, $3.5 billion of the funding will be utilized to expand domestic battery manufacturing capabilities. This investment aims to enhance the production of batteries for electric vehicles and strengthen the country’s grid infrastructure. Additionally, it will focus on battery materials and components that were previously sourced from other countries.
Notably, this is the second tranche of funding allocated specifically for battery materials and manufacturing by the Department of Energy. The move towards domestic battery manufacturing gained impetus due to disruptions in global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these disruptions, many automakers and battery manufacturers have expressed an interest in establishing battery production facilities within the United States.
Boosting Manufacturing Jobs and Supporting Automotive Communities
The Biden administration sees the investment in domestic EV and battery manufacturing as a way of creating high-paying manufacturing jobs for Americans. This initiative aligns with President Biden’s commitment to revitalize manufacturing in the country, particularly in conservative states such as Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Companies looking to benefit from this funding can apply for grants through the Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains. Additionally, they can secure preferable debt financing through the DOE’s Loan Program Office. Priority will be given to manufacturers located in communities with a history of automotive manufacturing and projects that offer competitive wages for production workers and maintain collective bargaining agreements.
The Biden administration’s focus on boosting EV and battery manufacturing forms part of their broader efforts to transition to a cleaner and more sustainable transportation sector.