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【Summary】The US Department of Transportation announced in early November that the nation will establish 48 electric vehicle charging corridors across the country, covering 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states.

Original Claire    Nov 10, 2016 12:50 AM PT
Federal new rules to increase more EV charging stations in US

The long process of building infrastructure across the United States for an electric car charging grid is now at hand. 

The federal government, since announcing its 15-point check-list for completely autonomous cars, is advocating the development of new technology within the auto industry. The Dept. of Transportation recently announced the nation will establish 48 electric vehicle charging corridors across the country, covering 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states. This is a major transformation.

According to the administration's summarized electric-car initiatives, there are a few more measures aimed at expanding the EV charging services:

"[At least] 28 states, utilities, vehicle manufactures, and change organizations are committing to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the DOT's corridors."

Moreover, 24 state and local governments agreed to increase the procurement of electric vehicles in their fleets. And 38 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities are signing up with the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Workplace Charging Challenge. By doing so, they are committing to provide EV charging access for their workforce. The DOE is also conducting two research studies to optimize a national electric vehicle charging deployment blueprint.

Among the organizations that support the government actions of accelerating EV corridors are major automakers such as BMW, General Motors and Nissan -- in addition to several power charging companies and/or associations. Of the 24 states that agreed to buy more EVs to add to their fleets, California, Minnesota, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are on the list.

The federal government encourages state governments to procure more EVs is to reach the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30 percent by 2025. The new partnership means 2,500 new electric vehicles in 2017 alone. The government estimated that the accumulated benefits include more than one million dollars and 1,211,650 gallons in potential annual fuel savings.

The U.S. government has also opened up $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support commercial use of EV charging facilities. And nearly 50 industry members have signed an agreement to help promote EV's and the needed charging infrastructure.

Since 2008, only 500,000 EVs have been sold in US, compared with 250 million cars and trucks on America's roads. This number is far below the government's original estimate of 1 million.


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