White House announces $5 billion plan to make highways EV friendly

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Right now, the most cutting-edge version of a highway rest stop is one that has both a toilet and a Subway. But upgrades all across the country may be on their way: The Biden administration on Thursday laid out plans for a $5 billion network of interstate highway electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

The initiative, announced by the Departments of Energy and Transportation, will see the money doled out to states over the next five years. The goals: standardize charging systems and reach Biden’s target of 500,000 public EV chargers by 2030 (there are currently about 116,000, highly concentrated in California).

To qualify for funding, the interstate stations will have to:

  • Be installed every 50 miles.
  • Be located less than a mile off a given interstate.
  • Offer charging ports for at least four vehicles, with a minimum of 150 kilowatts at each port (i.e., 30–45 minutes of charging time to top up).

Zoom out: A recent survey found that one-in-five EV owners have made the switch back to gas due to the hassle of finding charging access.—MK

Source : https://www.morningbrew.com

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