EV charging stocks ChargePoint (CHPT), Blink Charging (BLNK) and EVgo (EVGO) jumped Wednesday on reports that funds to support an expansion of electric-car charging stations are in the bipartisan Senate infrastructure deal.
The tweets ascribed the news to comments from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has been pushing for a “green” federal procurement program to fight what she calls the climate crisis. No further details were available.
A prior version of the proposed bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill would spend $15 billion to boost EV charging stations and buy electric school and transit buses, Reuters said June 24, citing a White House fact sheet. GOP negotiators and centrist Democrats have since put pressure on Democrats to slim down plans.
Earlier, President Biden’s overall $174 billion EV spending plan was said to include $100 billion in new consumer rebates for electric vehicles. But the bipartisan bill does not contain new money for electric vehicle rebates, Reuters said.
Up to now, it was uncertain whether the smaller, bipartisan Senate infrastructure deal would include any money for EV charging stations.
On Wednesday, bipartisan Senate negotiators said they have reached a deal on an infrastructure package. And a procedural vote on the measure is set to take place after the close. The news comes after Tesla (TSLA) promised to open up its Supercharger network to other owners of electric vehicles.
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Shares of ChargePoint jumped 6.6% to 24.23 in Wednesday’s stock market trading. Blink Charging rose 6.2%, EVgo popped 8.4% and Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II (SNPR), which is taking Volta public, added 0.2%. But EV charging stocks remain as much as 51% off highs. Tesla added 0.1%.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives had called charging infrastructure a linchpin of Biden’s EV initiatives.
The president was said to push for a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030, through grants and incentives to sates and cities. That’s five times the size of the national network now.
But $15 billion to build 500,000 new EV charging stations may fall short of what’s needed. AlixPartners estimates $300 billion will be needed to build out a global charging network to accommodate the expected growth of EVs by 2030, including $50 billion in the U.S. alone, according to an earlier CNBC report.
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