Tesla electric car charging station with multiple cars charging simultaneously. This charging station is in a Fred Myer parking lot in Kennewick Washington. Photo Credit: UCG/Getty Images

Environment USA10. October 2022

Electric Car Charging Is One Step Closer to Becoming the New Norm

The United States is investing close to $1 billion to install charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of its ambitious infrastructure law designed to not only modernize the country’s transportation network but to also help fight climate change.

“The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified,” says President Joe Biden. “Charging stations will be up and as easy to find as gas stations are now.”

The lack of charging stations is one of the top 3 reasons citizens are reluctant to switch to electric vehicles. To remedy this situation, a total of 500,000 EV charging stations will be installed across 34 states and Puerto Rico by 2030, at the cost of $900 million. One of the proposed requirements is to install a station every 80 kilometers along major highways. This aligns with the government’s goal to have half of all new vehicle sales be EVs by 2030 to curb driving’s effect on the climate. California recently adopted its own law, banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

Smithsonian Magazine

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