Electric vehicle charging stations have received a green light across the U.S.
All 50 states have been approved for EV charging stations covering 75,000 miles of highway, the U.S. transportation department announced on Sept. 27. The Guardian reports White House has approved plans that will give states access to $1.5 billion in federal funding to build the chargers.
“We’re poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said the U.S. transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, in a statement.
In June, the White House announced its goal of building a national network of 500,000 EV chargers along highways and in communities by 2030. The U.S. currently has about 47,000 charging stations.
“The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified, whether you’re driving along the coast, or on I-75 here in Michigan,” Biden said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier in September.
Funding for the EV charging network will come from the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed last year.
The bill allocates a total of $7.5 billion for charging infrastructure, including $5 billion for states to deploy charging stations and a $2.5 billion competitive grant program for specific community programs.
Carmakers have been reorienting themselves around EVs, investing billions into EV battery and assembly plants, as they try to compete with EV automakers like Tesla and Rivian. Last October, GM said that its light-duty vehicles will all be zero-emissions by 2035. Ford doubled its annual production plans for its F-150 Lightning, its electric pickup.
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