The Biden Administration has proposed new standards for federally-funded EV chargers with the aim of ensuring the technology is affordable, reliable and easy to access.
The White House said these new proposed standards are a key part of President Biden’s previously outlined goal to build 500,000 EV chargers nationwide and will help ensure all of these federally-funded charging stalls have similar payment systems and charging performance. There will also be rules for the minimum number of charging stalls at each particular station.
“The Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Department of Energy, is proposing new standards to make charging electric vehicles (EVs) a convenient, reliable, and affordable for all Americans, including when driving long distances,” the Biden Administration said in a media release published Thursday. “Without strong standards, chargers would be less reliable, may not work for all cars, or lack common payment methods. The new standards will ensure everyone can use the network –no matter what car you drive or which state you charge in.”
The current EV grid includes some 100,000 public chargers with an array of different plugs, payment options, data availability, and hardware, the White House said previously.
Biden plans to sideline $7.5 billion to set up the chargers, which will come out of the $1 trillion infrastructure package the president signed into law last fall. The $7.5 billion in funding 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 federal infrastructure bill also includes $65 billion to bolster the national electricity grid.
The Biden administration’s push for EVs comes amid GM’s promise to transition to an all-electric lineup, with plans to launch 30 new electric vehicle models globally by 2025 and transform Cadillac into an EV-only brand by 2030. GM also plans to cease sales of emissions-producing passenger vehicles by 2035.