The Biden administration announced the five-year plan to respond to the broader agenda of electrification and decarbonization of transportation.

The United States has announced a $5 billion plan to build electric vehicle charging stations across the country. The funds are part of the $7.5 billion approved for electric vehicle charging under the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Even taking into account the increase in the use of electric vehicles, around a third of emissions today come from transport. This rollout plan aligns with White House goals to decarbonize the economy in the face of climate change.

Integrated PV canopy with EV charging.

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The network of charging stations will be built in “alternative fuel corridors”, some 165,000 miles of national highway spanning 49 states. The plan, called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, “is going to help ensure that America leads the world in electric vehicles,” Joe Biden said in a speech this week to promote electric vehicle infrastructure in the states. -United.

It is estimated that there are approximately 41,000 public charging stations in the United States. This number needs to grow rapidly, as around 24% of new vehicles sold by 2030 will likely be fully electric. An Australian company, Tritium, is looking to meet this need by setting up a manufacturing facility in Tennessee. The facility is expected to create 500 permanent jobs and will have a production capacity of 30,000 chargers each year.

President Biden said the program could save an average driver up to $1,000 a year on gas by switching to an electric vehicle that’s cheaper to charge.

States must submit their electric vehicle infrastructure plans to the Joint Energy and Transportation Office by August 1st and the plans will be approved by the Federal Highway Administration will make approvals by September 30and.

President Joe Biden tests out the Hummer EV during a tour of General Motors Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant.
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Officials said the remaining $2.5 billion earmarked for electric vehicle charging will receive guidance as part of the broader bipartisan infrastructure plan later this year. In December, the Biden administration pledged to replace its fleet of 600,000 federal vehicles with electric vehicles by 2035.

“China has led the race so far, but that’s about to change,” Biden said. “Because America is building convenient, reliable, and fair nationwide public charging networks. So wherever you live, charging an electric vehicle will be quick and easy.

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