Episode 98 - Will the US Infrastructure Law Propel the EV Market?

With $5B in the new US infrastructure law designated for EV charging stations, there’s a lot of work to be done—and a lot of taxpayer dollars at stake.

This federal funding coupled with strong consumer demand and innovative solutions from industry have created a perfect storm to drive EV adoption. Taite R. McDonald believes it’s going to “change the landscape of America.”

McDonald, Equity Partner at Holland & Knight LLP, advises government contractors. In this episode of SAE Tomorrow Today, she says the $5 billion federal spend:

  • Is a “down payment” that will unleash billions more in private sector financing for EV infrastructure
  • Is a critical step for the US to catch up with other nations on clean tech and EV adoption and to hit targets in the Paris Declaration
  • Must be spent effectively to build consumer confidence in the viability of EVs, eliminate range anxiety, and boost green mobility

Europe’s success with this type of funding model is powerful evidence the US initiative is on the right track.

UPDATE: Since the recording, The White House published FACT SHEET: Securing a Made in America Supply Chain for Critical Minerals that addresses a few unanswered questions discussed during this episode.

Meet Our Guest


Equity Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Taite R. McDonald is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. McDonald focuses her practice at the intersection of innovation and government. She is especially well versed in running complex, cross-government matters with intricate legal, policy and financing components. Ms. McDonald is highly knowledgeable in several areas, including energy technology commercialization, federal energy procurement, biofuels, advanced materials, batteries, hydrogen, innovative U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contracting, and government grants and loan guarantees.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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