On Thursday, the Obama Administration announced their next steps in an effort to accelerate the utilization of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them. These actions represent the “continued partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private sector to achieve shared goals.”
In the issued statement the Obama Administration released five new and expanded efforts that focused efforts on providing access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road.
- The US Department of Transportation will establish 48 electric-vehicle charging corridors along national highways that cross 35 states and cover almost 25,000 miles
- 28 states, electric utilities, carmakers, and other organizations have committed to accelerate charging infrastructure along these corridors
- The Administration will partner with 24 state and local governments to add more plug-in electric vehicles to their fleets
- Two separate studies, conducted by the Department of Energy are underway to determine optimal scenarios for deploying national electric-car charging infrastructure
- The existing DoE Workplace Charging Challenge has gained 38 new members, among them business, universities, electric utilities, and non profit organization
The electric-vehicle charging corridor will have charging stations spaced at least every 50 miles. The states participating in this initiative will get access to standardized signed developed by FHWA that identify electric-vehicle charging stations.
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