The United States allocates close to $150 million for the repair and replacement of EV charging stations.

WASHINGTON, January 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday the allocation of $148.8 million for initiatives in 20 states, focusing on the repair or replacement of nearly 4,500 existing electric vehicle (EV) charging ports. This announcement is part of a series of efforts to enhance EV charging infrastructure, aligning with President Joe Biden’s administration’s upcoming regulations aimed at significantly boosting EV sales.

The funds aim to address concerns of EV owners encountering out-of-service charging stations, according to Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt in an interview with Reuters. Bhatt emphasized the anticipation of increased demand for EV technology, highlighting the ongoing improvement in charging reliability. The allocated funds are part of the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, funded by the 2021 infrastructure law of $1 trillion. States participating in the program are required to operate federally-funded charging ports for a minimum of five years, maintaining a 97% operational rate. The White House’s objective is to expand the nationwide charging network to 500,000 stations by 2030, strategically placing high-speed chargers within 50 miles (80 km) on the nation’s busiest highways and interstates.

Acknowledging the significance of an extensive charging infrastructure for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, automakers, and industry stakeholders emphasize the importance of rapidly increasing the number of EV charging stations. While the U.S. has over 170,000 public charging ports, the White House notes a more than 70% increase in publicly available chargers since the start of the Biden administration.

In 2021, President Biden set a target, endorsed by automakers, to have 50% of new vehicles be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed stringent tailpipe regulations, aiming for 67% of new vehicles to be electric by 2032, with expectations for the administration to finalize these emissions limits by March. Automakers seek adjustments to these requirements, and recently, Republican representatives in the U.S. House voted to prevent the EPA from finalizing these rules.

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