BY ASHLEY BELANGER VIA ARSTECHNICA.COM
For drivers choosing electric vehicles, convenient access to reliable charging stations remains one of the biggest pain points after adopting the eco-friendlier way to cruise. Just the thought of driving out of the way to find a charging station when planning road trips—rather than pop into a choice of many gas stations at any exit—deters so many drivers that it was starting to look like unreliable charging could be the deciding factor that could ultimately doom EVs.
Instead, the Department of Transportation and the Biden administration announced yesterday that America greenlit a plan to invest $5 billion over the next five years to create a more reliable charging network by installing EV chargers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The first wave of funding is available now, granting access to all states. “More than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers covering approximately 75,000 miles of highway across the country.”
“President Biden is leading the shift to electrify transportation. He’s ensuring drivers can commute and charge confidently and affordably and lessening our oversized reliance on fossil fuels while combatting climate change,” US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in the press release.
The plan is to sprinkle hundreds of thousands of additional EV chargers along interstate highways. That includes places where people would least expect to find them. Biden hopes this will decrease hesitancy among car buyers to invest more in EVs. Moreover, half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 will be zero-emissions vehicles. That could reduce vehicle emissions, the DOT press release said, by “50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.”