The Biden administration recently outlined how it will go about building a new nationwide network of EV charging stations. The new nationwide EV charging network will be built as part of the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The strategy involves the creation of a joint office between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department Transportation, with the bill earmarking $7.5 billion to build 500,000 new EV charging stations around the U.S. That $7.5 billion includes $5 billion for states to build out the charging network, and $2.5 billion in local grants to provide support for EV charging in rural and disadvantaged communities. The bill also includes $65 billion to bolster the national electricity grid.
This coming February, the Department of Transportation will release guidance for states and cities regarding the strategic deployment of the new EV charging stations. Then in May, the DOT will release new standards for EV chargers “to ensure they work, they’re safe, and they’re accessible to everyone.”
According to the White House, the current EV grid includes some 100,000 public chargers with an array of different plugs, payment options, data availability, and hardware. “Today’s actions will establish a more uniform approach, provide greater convenience for customers, and offer increased confidence for industry,” the White House states.
Previously, the Biden administration set the goal of establishing 50 percent electric vehicle sale shares in the U.S. by 2030. The Biden administration hopes to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the United States by supporting manufacturing as well, but will also need the infrastructure to help support EVs.
Earlier this month, President Biden signed an executive order calling for the federal government to stop the purchase of internal combustion-powered vehicles by 2035, with the White House stating that it should “lead by example in order to achieve a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050.”
The Biden administration’s push for EVs comes amid GM’s promise to transition to all-electric vehicles, with plans to launch 30 new electric vehicle models globally by 2025.