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US approves EV charging plans in all 50 states

Robert Besser
02 Oct 2022, 03:41 GMT+10

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the electric vehicle charging station plans in all 50 American states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, which covers some 75,000 miles of highways.

According to the Department of Transportation, the November 2021 $1 trillion infrastructure bill will provide, over five years, $5 billion for installing EV chargers along interstate highways, and states can receive funds of more than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers.

Earlier this month, the White House announced that it had approved 35 of the 50 state plans.

Meanwhile, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, "We are not going to dictate to the states how to do this, but we do need to make sure that they meet basic standards."

Federal funds will cover 80 percent of costs for charging stations, with private or state funds making up the balance.

By 2030, President Joe Biden aims to have 50 percent of all new vehicles to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric types, and 500,000 new EV charging stations throughout the United States.

In a landmark move that could accelerate the end of gasoline-powered vehicles, California's Air Resources Board voted in August to require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in electric hybrids.

The Biden administration must still approve the policy before it can come into force.

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