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Dave Baker, DBG treasurer, left, and Ray Sander, DBG president, look over the new electric vehicle charger station at the Delaware Botanic Gardens. The State of Delaware is offering grants to support installation of EV charging stations.

Improving the availability of public charging stations for the growing number of electric vehicles on Delaware roads is the goal of a grant program announced this week by DNREC.

The public direct current, or DC-fast electric vehicle charging installation funding will provide up to 75 percent of the cost to build publicly available DC-fast charging stations for electric vehicles. DNREC expects to award up to three grants with the program’s $1.4 million funding.

Funding will be targeted to increase the availability of electric vehicle infrastructure in areas where access to fast charging stations is limited.

“Transportation is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware,” DNREC officials noted. “Today’s announcement follows closely on the heels of the release of Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines strategies and actions the state can take to reduce the emissions that cause climate change.”

Widespread adoption of electric vehicles and installation of charging infrastructure to support the growing number of electric vehicle drivers are key strategies in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, available at de.gov/climateplan.

“Vehicle electrification is a leading strategy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation system,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “By providing funding opportunities for businesses to install charging stations, we are combatting climate change, improving public health and providing new job opportunities.”

The funding builds upon Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Programs, which include a suite of rebates for light-duty electric vehicles and Level 2 charging stations.

Proposals are due by April 15, 2022. Project funds will be administered by DNREC’s division dealing with climate, coastal and energy issues. Funding comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust, which resulted from the State’s plan to use $9.6 million from the negotiated settlement between Volkswagen and the federal government.