Several senior members of President Joe Biden’s administration, on Thursday (10/2), led significant practical expansion efforts for the expansion of the use of electric vehicles nationwide.
The federal government “works with states and the private sector to build a national electric vehicle (EV) charging grid by 2030 to help create jobs, combat the climate change crisis, and ensure that the technologies that drive this change are affordable and accessible to everyone.” Americans,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg outside US Department of Transportation headquarters.
In the biggest investment of a program of its kind, the Biden administration will distribute $5 billion to start building up to half a million roadside fast charging stations across the country for electric cars and trucks.
To relieve EV drivers’ anxiety about range, there will be a “seamless network” of charging stations along the nation’s highways, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.
“Most of those stations will have more than one port associated,” Granholm added.
“Electric vehicles are the future, and this government is moving in that direction at lightning speed,” he said.
“Soon we will be launching an additional $2.5 billion for a new grant program with more funding for chargers at the community level across the country,” Buttigieg announced.
Most EVs are hampered by long-distance travel due to the gap between charging stations and the time it takes to recharge their batteries, which have limited range. Most new electric cars can travel about 500 kilometers or less between charging stops, although some models with a range of up to 800 kilometers will be on the market in the next few years.
The distributed federal funds will “help states establish a network of EV filling stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System,” according to the Department of Transportation.
It is estimated that nearly $40 billion will be required to build a public charging station to achieve the goal of 100 percent of EV sales in America by 2035. [my/pp]