The United States wants to establish a common set of standards for its planned network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers, Kallanish learns from a press release from the US Department of Transportation.
The network, slated for completion in 2030, will adopt a proposed National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. At its core, NEVI will standardize pricing, charging infrastructure and necessary labor requirements.
NEVI will be funded to the tune of $5 billion over the next five years, under the Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law. An additional $2.5 billion will be available for initiatives related to electric vehicles and clean air.
“No matter what type of electric vehicle a user is driving, what state they are charging in, or which charging company they are connecting to, the minimum standards will ensure a unified network of chargers with similar payment systems, information on prices, charging speeds, etc.” the output promises.
An accompanying statement from the White House links investment in electric vehicle infrastructure to climate change and economic turbulence resulting from high gasoline prices.
“The proposed standards, along with new coordinated federal actions on electric vehicles, support the President [Joe] Biden’s priorities are to reduce costs for families, create well-paying jobs and fight climate change,” the statement said. “He urges Congress on his plan to provide tax credits that make electric vehicles more affordable, so family budgets aren’t affected by volatile gas prices. The actions will boost well-paying jobs with high labor requirements for American steelworkers, electricians and laborers to build, install and maintain the grid. And making chargers and electric vehicles more accessible will help tackle the climate crisis – reducing emissions, increasing air quality and advancing the President’s Justice40 initiative.