‘A Big Step Forward’ – ‘The Future Is Now’
Electric vehicle charger providers embraced a White House plan to establish coast-to-coast EV charging infrastructure. Key to the plan is first-ever U.S. DoT/Federal Highway Administration sanction of 48 EV charging corridors covering nearly 25,000 miles in 35 states.
“We can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation,” says the White House.
The White House announcement “underscores that the future is now when it comes to advanced transportation,” said Reuben Munger, managing director of Vision Ridge. His firm’s EVgo subsidiary, he said, is poised to provide “dependable, affordable, and convenient fast charging that reshapes the way people travel.”
“This announcement marks a big step forward in the effort to make EV charging available from coast to coast,” said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. “There are more than 500,000 EVs on the road today, and every day, more Americans make the choice to go electric.
“This initiative will help make sure that EV drivers can travel anywhere in the country,” Romano said, committing ChargePoint “to doing our part to make electric transportation a reality nationwide.”
Beyond ChargePoint and Vision Ridge/EVgo, 26 states, utilities, vehicle manufactures, and “change organizations” are committing to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the DOT’s corridors, the White House said.
38 Pledge to Provide Workplace Charging
And, 38 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities are signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide EV charging access for their workforce.
ChargePoint noted that the latest White House announcement follows an initiative launched in July for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support EV charging (F&F, July 22).
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