The Biden-Harris Administration has proposed new standards for a national electric vehicle charging network, part of its ongoing campaign to transition more Americans to EVs and making them more convenient, reliable, and affordable. Among the proposals announced by the president is the requirement of electric vehicle charging stations every 50 miles on federal highways, something that, when accomplished, should make worries such as range anxiety a thing of the past. More than $5 billion will be provided to states over the next five years to build a network of charging stations along the nation’s interstates. These stations are to be located no more than a mile off the highway, feature a minimum number and type of chargers to serve multiple customers, and be usable without membership fees.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program will provide $5 billion in formula funding to States to build out charging infrastructure along highway corridors – filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach locations while instilling public confidence in charging. Today’s minimum standards and requirements will guide States on how to spend federal funds in a way that makes chargers function the same from state-to-state, easy to find, use, and pay for, no matter who operates chargers. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also provides $2.5 billion in competitive grants to support community and corridor charging, improve local air quality, and increase EV charging access in underserved and overburdened community.