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Joe Biden’s administration is allocating funds to create charging stations across the country in order to boost the electric vehicle industry.
To help America transition away from fossil fuels and embrace clean energy sources, the president announced that 500,000 charging stations will be built by 2030.
The new standards will ensure that all drivers can use charging stations, regardless of where they are located or which company the car comes from.
According to the president, this move will shift preference from fossil fuels toward clean energy. Emissions from oil-using vehicles account for a lot of greenhouse emissions that contribute negatively to climate change. The president hopes that by 2030, at least 50% of sales have already been generated from EV companies in the country.
“Everyone deserves a chance to benefit from EVs,” said Pete Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary.
“We’re paying attention not only to the quantity of EV chargers but also their quality. Everyone should be able to find a working charging station when and where they need it,” the transport secretary added.
In a move to promote greener transportation and lower gas prices, the White House has already started this initiative earlier on by giving $5 billion in funding to states to create electric vehicle charging stations.
Charging stations would be updated so that consumers are informed ahead of time before they reach their destination. They’ll also have a similar payment system, speed and pricing information as well.
“We’re tackling range anxiety and vehicle charging deserts by making sure that charging stations are easily and equally accessible, allowing every American can get coast to coast in an electric vehicle,” Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
EVs are a better choice for the environment. In 2020, Consumer Reports announced that electric cars spend 60% less on fuel compared to gas-powered vehicles every year. This means they are more environmentally friendly.
The United States is a major player in the electric vehicle market, ranking third after China and Europe.
The Biden administration has been incentivizing consumers who buy EVs made by union workers. The plan promises to transition over 600,000 cars and trucks by 2035.
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