Electric vehicle charging: Biden wants to tap into infrastructure funds to standardize payments and accessibility

The Biden administration will use funds from the Infrastructure Act to try to standardize the 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations the president has pledged to all users, the White House announced Thursday.

Without strict standards, chargers would be less reliable, may not work for all cars, lack common payment methods, and are accessible no matter what condition a driver is in, the Biden team said.

“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 Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg. “These new ground rules will help create a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that are convenient, affordable, reliable and accessible to all Americans.”

The White House said the move should be accompanied by renewed interest in Congress to pass its plan to provide tax credits that make electric vehicles, including Tesla TSLA.
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and other manufacturers more affordable. The government suggests that faster EV adoption will help offset the uncertainty for household budgets that comes with volatile RB00 gas prices.
Biden’s push on climate change through legislation has met hurdles in a tightly divided Congress without the support of Democrats in states that produce traditional fossil fuels.

A Consumer Reports Survey showed that vehicle range and charging station availability were top concerns among US motorists. About half of the drivers surveyed said they would like an EV that could travel more than 300 miles between charges, and just under half of those not “definitely” planning to buy an EV for their next vehicle, state that the charging infrastructure is insufficient holds them back.

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The law will build a “convenient and equitable” charging network through two programs, the White House said.

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program will provide states with $5 billion in formula funding to build charging infrastructure along highway corridors – filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach locations while increasing public confidence in charging strengthen the release said.

Meanwhile, a competitive $2.5 billion grant offer aims to support community and corridor charging, improve local air quality and increase access to EV charging in underserved and congested communities. Electric vehicle charging: Biden wants to tap into infrastructure funds to standardize payments and accessibility

Brian Lowry

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