The biggest gripe holding Americans back from replacing their gas consumers with an eco-friendly electric vehicle (EV), especially in times of skyrocketing $5.00 a gallon gas, is the lack of charging stations. to keep their vehicles buzzing on the highway and around town. Consumers said they were concerned about not being able to keep their vehicle full enough to get to their destination.
The Biden administration on Thursday launched a proposed regulation process that will create a unified set of standards for its plan to build a national grid of some 500,000 EV chargers under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program contained in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. Comments will be accepted by the Federal Highway Administration for 60 days after the rulemaking notice is posted in the Federal Register next week.
“To support the transition to electric vehicles, we need to build a national charging network that makes finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These new ground rules will help create a network of EV chargers across the country that are convenient, affordable, reliable, and accessible to all Americans.”
The proposed requirements will help states develop their individual electric vehicle deployment plans in concert with the Joint Energy and Transportation Bureau, which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and will provide direct technical assistance and a support to help states navigate the nearly $5 billion National. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
“We are fighting range anxiety and vehicle charging deserts by ensuring that charging stations are easily and equally accessible, allowing every American to travel from coast to coast in an electric vehicle,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said.
The expanded rules would cover requirements including charger installation and maintenance, facility signage and location, workforce development and unified software. The current plan would also standardize real-time communications with consumers that would inform them of charger prices and availability at each location.
In a briefing for reporters, Buttigieg said the charging stations built with the $5 billion federal funding should serve all brands of electric vehicles with minimum charging speed requirements and easy-to-use payment systems. utilize. This would prohibit requiring subscriptions for motorists.
Meanwhile, power companies are investing more than $3.4 billion to deploy charging infrastructure and accelerate electric transportation. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) estimates that more than 100,000 EV fast-charging ports will be needed to support the approximately 22 million EVs expected to be on U.S. roads in 2030. EV drivers spend currently the equivalent of about $1.20 per gallon, on average. residential electricity rates.
Last year, EEI and its member utility companies launched the National Electric Highway Coalition as a forum to bring the electrical and automotive industries together with charger manufacturers to promote a national charging network. along major US travel corridors that will keep pace with anticipated EV expansion. fleet. The coalition is made up of more than 60 electricity companies and electricity cooperatives owned by investors and municipalities.
In addition, car rental companies have in recent years started to offer electric vehicles to their customers, which will give them the opportunity to try one out and possibly convince them to consider such vehicles when buying. of their next car.