The first EV charging station made possible by Biden’s infrastructure law goes online. The White House announced on Monday that the first electric car charging station for electric vehicles, supported by a US government program costing $7.5 billion, has started operating in Ohio as the government ramps up charging to address a significant issue for potential customers.
According to automakers and other stakeholders, the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is contingent upon the significant expansion of electric vehicle charging stations.
The White House has set a target to increase the number of chargers across the country to 500,000. This will include high-speed chargers that are at a distance of no more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from one another on the busiest routes and interstates in the country.
The cash comes from the infrastructure bill to finance one trillion dollars by 2021. Jennifer Granholm, the Secretary of Energy, stated that commissioning the first station is a significant step toward “creating a convenient, affordable, and reliable electrified transportation system.”
According to the White House, the United States of America has more than 165,000 public charging ports as of the month of December. Additionally, the number of fast charging ports that are available to the public has risen by more than 70 percent since the beginning of the administration of Vice President Joe Biden.
In 2021, Vice President Biden established a target, which was supported by automobile manufacturers, to have fifty percent of all new automobiles be electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids by the year 2030.
According to the White House, the state of Ohio has established its first charging station close to Columbus, while the states of Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maine have all begun construction on new stations.
“And many states have begun issuing proposals or awarding contracts for installing” charges that are financed under the program, according to the White House. All fifty states have created plans for creating electric vehicle infrastructure.
Republicans in Congress have recently seized upon the fact that none of the charging stations had been operational for more than two years after the passage of the 2021 infrastructure bill.
In a vote last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives decided to stop Vice President Joe Biden’s administration from enacting strict regulations on vehicle emissions. These requirements would result in 67% of new vehicles being electric by the year 2032. The White House threatened to deny the legislation.