On Friday evening, with anticipated bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill designating $ 65 billion for nationwide power grid upgrades and $ 7.5 trillion. billions of dollars for the nationwide implementation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Such an accumulation potentially represents more than three times the number of charging stations in the nation currently. According to the US Department of Energy, there are currently around 122,000 charging ports: level 2 and DC fast charging connectors that could be used to charge electric vehicles at the same time. It is in more than 48,000 stations.
While the main pieces of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act include provisions to rebuild roads, bridges and railways and expand access to clean water and high-speed internet, the push for electric vehicle charging is one of the few consumer-facing items for all of whom Biden’s target of 500,000 chargers nationwide by 2030 has not changed since then its pre-election platform almost two years ago.
According to a Biden administration fact sheet released Saturday, the legislation will provide funding for long-distance electric vehicle chargers along highway corridors, long-distance travel, and charging options within communities.
President Joe Biden
“The investment will support the president’s goal of building a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce emissions, improve air quality and create high-paying jobs across the country. country, “summed up the White House statement. Financing is obviously just a start; as a candidate, Bernie Sanders proposed $ 85.6 billion on a nationwide charging network “similar to the gas stations and rest areas we have today.”
It’s a nice twist from earlier this year, when the breakdown of climate policy and social policy into a separate bill led some Democrats to declare “No climate, no agreement”.
By emphasizing charging, there will be more infrastructure to foster the adoption of electric vehicles. Joe Britton, the president of the commercial group representing Tesla, Lucid, Rivian and a wide range of other interests in electric vehicles, which now have a significant Factory footprints in the United States– He said that the passage of the bill represents “an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles, which will ensure that these benefits are provided to all Americans, even those who never end up sitting behind the wheel. an electric vehicle “.
First Rivian R1T customer (by Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe via Twitter)
Any government-subsidized charging will not be the only expansion of the electric vehicle infrastructure. Last month Tesla announced plans to triple its Supercharger network within two years—Although that ad wasn’t country specific. Electrify America, supported by VW as part of the diesel scandal deal, will spend $ 2 billion from 2017 to 2027.
The infrastructure bill is potentially just the beginning of the federal government’s strongest support behind electric vehicles. The second bill contains more of the Build Back Better plan e Biden’s EV vision, including a renewal of the EV tax credit – currently containing a controversial provision promoting union-built electric vehicles—And other money potentially earmarked for equity, manufacturing, the supply chain, other incentives, and building charging infrastructure.
That bill faces challenges, though it’s worth noting that the EV tax credit itself, prior to union pilots, had bipartisan backing. Reportedly, President Trump the renewal of the EV tax credit canceled the last time.