The Wisconsin legislature took the final step to approve changes to the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging law, paving the way for the state to receive $78 million in funding from the Biden administration to build a statewide charging network. The bills, which were supported by Clean Wisconsin along with environmental and business groups across the state, will now head to Gov. Tony Evers for his signature.

Even with the current coal- and gas-dominated electrical grid, charging and driving an EV still produces fewer emissions overall than driving a conventional gas-burning car.

The bills align Wisconsin’s EV charging statutes with national standards, allowing drivers to pay for the amount of energy they use instead of the amount of time it takes to charge. The move puts Wisconsin in the same lane as other states that have figured out how to make charging fair and convenient and qualifies the state for federal funding through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program.

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