WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will take another step in its campaign to transition more Americans to electric vehicles on Thursday when it releases proposed standards for a network of charging stations across the country.
President Joe Biden has pledged to have 500,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles in place by 2030. The administration is providing more than $5 billion to states over the next five years to build a network of charging stations along the nation’s interstates.
The proposed standards, which will be published next week in the Federal Register, dictate that a charging station be located every 50 miles along the interstate and no more than a mile off the highway. Stations would be required to maintain a minimum number and type of chargers capable of serving multiple customers.
Stations would be prohibited from requiring drivers to have a membership or be part of a club to use their chargers. Real-time information on pricing and location would have to be available to help motorists using a GPS app better plan their trip.
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The Federal Highway Administration’s proposed standards will apply to federally funded charging stations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The goal is to ensure a seamless system of charging stations that can be used by motorists no matter what car they drive, where they live or how they pay.
“Everyone should be able to find a working charging station when and where they need it without worrying about paying more or getting worse service because of where they live,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.
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