Biden announces standards for electric vehicle charging stations

US President Joe Biden announces the release of 1 million barrels of oil per day for the next six months from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as part of the administration’s efforts to lower gasoline prices, during remarks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, March 31, 2022.

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The Biden administration this week proposed new standards for its program to build a national grid of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030, the latest step in its effort to accelerate the country’s clean energy transition.

Biden officials said the minimum standards proposal will help lay the groundwork for states to build charging station projects that are accessible to all drivers, regardless of location, electric vehicle brand or company. charging.

Electrifying the transportation sector, one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, is essential to mitigating climate change. The administration has touted electric vehicles as more affordable for Americans than gas-powered cars and has set a goal of 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030.

Earlier this year, the White House outlined a plan to allocate $5 billion to states to fund electric vehicle chargers over the next five years. The plan is part of bipartisan infrastructure legislation, which includes $7.5 billion to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

“Everyone deserves a chance to benefit from electric vehicles,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a call with reporters Wednesday.

“We pay attention not only to the quantity of EV chargers but also to their quality,” Buttigieg said. “Everyone should be able to find a functional charging station when and where they need it.”

Officials said the standards will ensure a unified network of chargers with similar payment systems, pricing information and charging speeds. The rule mandates real-time information on prices and station locations so drivers can better plan their journeys. And stations would be required to have a minimum number and type of chargers.

“We are fighting range anxiety and vehicle charging deserts by ensuring that charging stations are easily and equally accessible, enabling every American to travel from coast to coast in a electric vehicle,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

The United States is the world’s third largest market for electric vehicles behind China and Europe. According to a 2020 Consumer Reports study, drivers of electric vehicles spend 60% less annually on fuel than drivers of gasoline cars.

The White House has already proposed an electric vehicle incentive package to allocate additional funds to consumers who have purchased electric vehicles built by unionized workers. The administration has also pledged to convert its federal fleet of 600,000 cars and trucks to electric by 2035.

The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register next week.

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