Biden government outlines national electric vehicle charging network plan | Automotive News

2021-12-14 22:49:34 By : Ms. Sherry Xu

WASHINGTON - On Monday, the Biden administration issued a strategy aimed at establishing a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

Vice President Kamala Harris, together with National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, outlined the government's efforts to charge infrastructure for electric vehicles during an event at a brandy maintenance facility in Maryland.

"The automotive industry is clearly shifting towards electrification. We need to accelerate the pace of transformation and ensure that it is driven by the United States," Harris said in a comment. "This means manufacturing millions of electric cars, trucks and buses in our country. It means equipping thousands of electric cars... Repair garages, like this garage, which means installing a nationwide A network of sexual electric car chargers."

The roughly $1 trillion infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden last month includes $7.5 billion to help build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the United States and $65 billion to upgrade the national grid.

Of the US$7.5 billion, the law provides US$5 billion for states to build charging networks, and US$2.5 billion for local grants to support electric vehicle charging in rural areas and disadvantaged communities.

The government’s plan includes the establishment of a joint office between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation to implement other provisions of the Electric Vehicle Charging Network and Infrastructure Act. The two agencies will also establish an electric vehicle advisory committee, with members expected to be appointed at the end of March.

According to the White House fact sheet issued on Monday, the Department of Transportation will issue guidelines before February 11 to guide states and cities to "strategicly deploy" electric vehicle charging stations and establish a national network along US highways. The department will also release standards for electric vehicle chargers that are part of the national network no later than May 13, "to ensure that they work, are safe, and can be used by everyone."

As part of the government’s efforts, the Energy and Transportation Department is also cooperating with domestic manufacturers, including automakers and other electric vehicle stakeholders, to understand what products and What products may be available in the future" to improve the competitiveness of the United States.

"Currently, the network of more than 100,000 public chargers uses different plug types, payment methods, data availability, and hardware connections. Today’s actions will establish a more unified approach, provide greater convenience to customers, and provide greater Confidence," the fact sheet said.

"These federal programs," the White House continued, "will stimulate more private sector investment and promote the establishment of a user-friendly, cost-effective, and financially sustainable national network that will create high-paying jobs in manufacturing, installation, and operations."

The White House stated that increasing domestic manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries and components, as well as promoting domestic procurement and recycling of key minerals in an environmentally responsible manner, are also "key components" of the federal electric vehicle strategy.

Biden has set a goal of zero-emissions in half of all new vehicles sold in the United States by 2030, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cells. The President signed an executive order last week to transition the federal fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

"By 2050 at the latest, we will achieve net zero emissions. An important way for us to achieve net zero emissions is to invest in zero-emission vehicles," Harris said. "That's why we are now making the largest investment in electric vehicle infrastructure and technology in the history of our country."

The Auto Innovation Alliance announced 10 recommendations for public charging stations last week. These recommendations are intended to help federal and state investment planning and financial considerations for electric vehicle charging in the United States

The alliance’s chief executive, John Bozzella, stated that the $7.5 billion in federal funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to quickly start charging and refueling electric vehicles across the country. Infrastructure construction".

In a statement to Automotive News, Bozera said: "We commend the Biden administration for its efforts to ensure that this investment is effectively used, and we see that this is very consistent with our recently released'recommended attributes for electric vehicle charging stations'."

The trade association represents most automakers in the United States as well as some suppliers and technology companies. It does not represent Tesla.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week that the billions of dollars in infrastructure law for electric car chargers were “unnecessary” and said he supports the abolition of all federal subsidies, including subsidies to the oil and gas industry. .

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