National EV Charging Effort Kicks Off

The first charging station funded by the federal infrastructure law just began operating in Ohio.

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December 14, 2023, 9:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Row of white electric vehicle chargers in an outdoor parking lot.

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“The first electric vehicle charging station funded by a $7.5 billion U.S. government program has begun operating in Ohio,” reports David Shepardson for Reuters, kicking off a key part of the Biden administration’s effort to build a reliable, comprehensive network of electric vehicle charges across the country.

The White House goal is to grow the nationwide network of chargers to 500,000, including high-speed chargers - no more than 50 miles (80 km) apart - on the nation's busiest highways and interstates.

According to the White House, the number of public charging ports has grown by 70 percent during the Biden administration. “All 50 states have developed plans for building EV infrastructure "and many states have begun issuing proposals or awarded contracts for installing" charges funded under the program, the White House said.” Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maine have also broken ground on new stations.

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