WASHINGTON DC – The White House will announce this Thursday a proposal to build a network of chargers for electric vehicles that are “easy to use, reliable and accessible” and thus ensure that the United States is the country that leads the electric car revolution, advanced the United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
“To support the transition to electric vehicles, we must build a national charger network that makes finding a place to recharge as easy as filling up at a gas station,” the Democratic secretary said in a call with the press.
This is one more step to help reach the goal of building a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030, a plan that is part of the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
“This Act provides states across the country with both the funding and the framework to build a reliable charger network that gives more people the confidence they need to buy and use electric vehicles to travel from coast to coast and every state in between.” said the head of the US Federal Highway Administration, Stephanie Pollack.
The goal of the project is that there are “guaranteed minimum standards” regardless of the type of vehicle, the state or the application that the driver uses.
According to the White House, sales of electric vehicles have doubled since Biden entered the Oval Office.
Tesla Inc. posted record profit for the fourth quarter and for the full year as deliveries of its electric vehicles soared despite a global shortage of computer chips that has slowed the entire auto industry. That shortage will translate into another delay for the Cybertruck, which was originally scheduled to go on sale in 2021. Musk also said Tesla isn’t working on a promised $25,000 small electric car yet, but it will.
There are now more than two million electric vehicles and 100,000 chargers on US roads.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Act earmarks $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and more than $7 billion for supply chains of critical minerals needed for batteries, components, materials, and recycling.
At the same time, Biden is pressuring Congress to give the green light to his plan to provide economic aid to those who seek to buy an electric vehicle made, in part, in the United States.