States will have access to more than $1.5 billion to help build the chargers.
person putting electric car charger into car

Another reminder that going electric is the future and this just might be the conviction needed to break up with your local gas station.

On Tuesday, The U.S. Transportation Department approved EV (electric vehicle) charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico covering 75,000 miles of highway.

States will have access to more than $1.5 billion to help build the chargers along designated alternative fuel corridors on the national highway system. These funds are part of the Biden administration’s plan to improve access to charging stations, which are currently difficult to find near most highways.

It’s not yet clear how many charging stations these funds will be able to support but it should encourage more Americans who commute long distances to switch from gas to electric.

Transportation Department officials have said states should install stations every 50 miles and ensure each station is within a mile of an interstate highway, giving peace of mind for drivers making road trips and long commutes.

There are currently 46,000 charging stations across the US compared to 150,000 gas stations. The White House aims to build 500,000 EV charging stations by 2030, and while it is not clear whether or not that goal can be achieved but even a fraction of that could have a great impact.

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