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EV Charging Network Plans Approved For All 50 U.S. States

Neither Ford CEO Jim Farley nor the U.S. government have made it a secret that the nation’s existing EV charging network is woefully inadequate, particularly as both continue to push all-electric vehicles as the future of transportation. Last December, the Biden Administration released an EV charging network action plan that aims to significantly expand existing infrastructure, and earlier this month, that same administration approved the majority of state proposals submitted for the State EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan, which allows them to gain access to apportioned National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds. Now, those EV charging network plans have been approved for all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced.

“America led the original automotive revolution in the last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We have approved plans for all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help ensure that Americans in every part of the country – from the largest cities to the most rural communities – can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles.”

The NEVI program will provide $1.5 billion in funding to help build EV chargers covering approximately 75,000 miles of highway across the country, as well as a total of $5 billion available over the next five years. States can use this funding to pay for a variety of charging-related upgrades including the renovation of existing chargers and the construction of new ones, operation and maintenance costs, the installation of on-site electrical service equipment, community and stakeholder engagement, workforce development activities, EV charging station signage, data sharing activities, and other related mapping analysis and activities.

“With this greenlight, states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico can ramp up their work to build out EV charging networks that will make driving an EV more convenient and affordable for their residents and will serve as the backbone of our national EV charging network,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “The Federal Highway Administration will continue to work closely with states as we implement this historic funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to bring President Biden’s vision for a national electric vehicle network to communities across America.”

We’ll have more on these plans soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Steve

    Should we do anything about the aging grid first?

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    1. Robert.Walter

      What makes you think that that isn’t proceeding apace?

      Reply
  2. Eugene Darlene Cuddy Cooper

    What-no mpg mandates?

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  3. RonR

    EVs will never be efficient. People love to compare Europe, but Europe is the fraction of the size of the United States. Not to mention how expensive EVs are to own and repair, repair costs are insane.

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    1. Jay J

      The sky is falling… never be efficient eh? I suppose that’s why trains use electric motors….to see if they can burn more fuel for the generators.

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    2. Robert.Walter

      Expensive to own and repair?

      Are you hallucinating or just paid to appear to be doing so?

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      1. Tigger

        Let’s see, $10,000 for a replacement battery, using tires twice as fast as an ICE vehicle…

        No maintenance issues there!

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  4. Bob

    Spot on Steve; the grid.
    Ask any man on the street that works in that field and there is a Zero Emissions chance of the grid handling the enormous amount of load this plan will require.
    5 billion for the chargers, and the Jetson’s esq looking facilities: easy. Bring another 50 billion to plug them in to an infrastructure that can handle it.
    Just watch what happens after the fool here in California gets re-elected and doesn’t have to buy power from Idaho to keep the lights on, and his vote count up.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Why do all the nonsense comments like yours teeter on the ridiculous idea that the grid can’t or won’t be expanded?

      The idea the grid of tomorrow is just like the grid if today must be paid for by big oil, or dealership repair shops.

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  5. Jay J

    Build back America has plans for the grids but this really goes way back. During Obama’s term there were a couple of bills to work with grids and infrastructure and it was non partisan but Moscow Mitch wouldn’t allow a vote on them. Why? He was afraid it would make Obama look good.
    The gird will be in good shape. One day at a time.

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  6. ray

    When pressure on Republicans in congress increases by the public and auto manufacturers to rebuild the power grid they will get off their asses especially if they gain control of congress and the white house because it will create a lot of good paying jobs for years and they can claim “look what we did that the Democrats could not get done”. They are the one’s holding up grid improvements now because of beholding to big oil.

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