Bill calls for $10M for electric charging stations in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico state lawmakers are working to get more people driving electric cars. A new appropriations bill calls for $10 million to build, repair, and refurbish electric vehicle charging stations across the state.
It’s part of a plan to spend $1.1 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 relief funds.
A New Mexico Department of Transportation spokesperson discussed plans for the proposed funding in front of a House committee Tuesday:
“As you all know, we’re moving in that direction, and we’ve been brainstorming exactly how we’re going to push that money out. Looks like we are ultimately conducting a study and where we’re going to place those, and where and if we can."
NMDOT Director Jerry Valdez sent KOB 4 a statement also discussing the proposed funding.
"The New Mexico Department of Transportation has been and continues to be engaged in strategic planning with federal, state, tribal, local, regional, and a wide range of private sector stakeholders to deploy and expand access to EV infrastructure with an emphasis on equity in rural areas. Our goal is to have DC fast chargers at 50-mile intervals around New Mexico to eliminate range anxiety.
Increasing electric vehicle infrastructure is a priority of the Lujan Grisham administration, and we’ve made significant progress in building up electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The State of New Mexico stands to reap significant air quality and economic benefits from the increased adoption of electric vehicles. This $10 million appropriation would go a long way toward building out a statewide EV charging network."
According to chargehub.com, there are just over 250 charging stations in New Mexico right now. Electric vehicle advocates said New Mexico will need more infrastructure to support an increase in electric vehicle ownership.
PNM is working to get more electric vehicle charging ports inside New Mexico homes. Starting next spring, it will offer financial incentives to customers, including a new rate for electric vehicle owners.
One rep said those customers will be able to fully charge their vehicle for just $3.
“We’ve seen gas prices fluctuate up and down, and one of the nice things is your electricity rates are pretty steady over time, so you might see some slight fluctuations, but it’s nothing like what we see at the pump,” said Alaric Babej.
New Mexico state leaders are also working to bring more electric vehicles to car dealership lots.