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As regular readers know, I am not a fan of give-aways to the rich, but I am also not a fan of climate change, so electric charging stations are going to help all of us:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it has approved ambitious plans by 34 states and Puerto Rico to create a national electric vehicle charging network as the U.S. begins in earnest its transition away from gas-powered transportation.
The plans’ approval means $900 million can begin to flow to the states, which are tasked with using money from President Joe Biden’s huge infrastructure law to form the network of chargers across the nation. Building out a reliable and convenient network is critical to spur more adoption of the technology, which is itself key to reducing greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.
The announcement came on the same day that Biden toured the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to tout the new law that includes tax incentives to purchase electric vehicles.
In practical terms, it means residents in some of those states could see more charging stations start popping up along major travel corridors as early as next summer. Biden has a goal of ultimately installing 500,000 chargers across America and building a network of fast-charging stations across 53,000 miles of freeways from coast to coast.
There’s a bank of them in my ‘hood here in the Peoples Republic of Seattle, ironically or not, in the parking lot of the Bank of America. They were put in sometime during the pandemic, and I honestly have never seen them being used to charge a Tesla (and those cars are EVERYWHERE here), so maybe it is not a given that these things will only be for Tesla owners.