With both Ford and the lobby group Alliance for Auto Innovation calling for a more robust and reliable nationwide network of EV infrastructure, the Biden Administration has also made a number of moves in recent months to support such a move. That includes releasing an action plan for future EV charging stations and a list of minimum EV charging standards, in addition to spending $3.1 billion on domestic battery production. Now, the Biden Administration has approved the majority of state EV infrastructure plans as well, paving the way for vast improvements to the existing U.S. charging network.
Officially known as the State EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan (Plan), these details describe how each state intends to use its apportioned National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds in accordance with the program’s guidance. States cannot use these funds until those plans have been submitted and approved by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Thus far, a host of states have had their individual plans approved, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, a number of other states are awaiting approval or have yet to submit their plans, a list that consists of Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Funds from the NEVI program are directed toward designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, with the intentions of building out a convenient, affordable, reliable, and equitable public charging network, which means that states are generally focusing on making improvements to the existing interstate system, a collaborative effort between each state’s Department of Transportation and energy and environmental departments.
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Tax Payer funds being used to build these things. People who use them should be charged DOUBLE.
EB1959: Perhaps there needs to be federal, state, and local taxes added to each kwh used to support the extra costs. After all there are massive taxes on each gallon of gas we buy that is supposed support roads. Why not also have a millage charge for EVs to do the same.
It is also amazing that even Ford admits these EV vehicles are not viable without massive governmental funding and tax credits. We need to change their name from EV to Amtrak II.
Anything being described with the jargon word robust is BS.
They can line the streets with chargers, there’s no more power left to plug them into. No plans, within reality, to produce the power that will be needed.
There are over a million EVs on the road in California today. With zero stress on the grid. As for “no plans within reality to produce the power that will be needed,” I have one response: Where have you been the last 10 years?
I’ve waited 40 years for Democrats to break through the GOP climate science denial blockade. So encouraging to finally see Biden getting it done. And a million kudos to Ford for your investments, vision, and fortitude to turn away from the fossil fuel juggernaut.
I am with you Jon. It boggles me how the most vocal critics lack knowledge of the facts behind their statements. California is a great example as to EV adoption.
Do people not realize that fewer ICE vehicles means less electrical load from gas pumps as one small example. I would suggest that the greatest electrical load culprit anywhere is air conditioning. Upgrade the old home and all builing lighting devices from incandescent and fluorescent to LED and to newer, better electrical equipment and you create capacity by reducing loads.
It takes imagination and yes money, to make these changes but the benefits are many and it creates jobs. Smart thinkers and doers can bring back all kinds of jobs to their country. It has been happening for years in the rest of the world.
Don’t worry. When Biden is voted out in 2024, it will all be reversed.
Yes, it only makes sense that the Democrat who replaces him will reverse Biden’s continued fossil fuel industry tax loopholes, drilling rights, and slow timetables for green energy development and implementation. Finally, the U.S will behave with urgency, just like California!
Do you think the rest of the nation will adopt California’s other “forward thinking” policies like allowing people to shoplift and deficate in the streets?