The United States Department of Energy has announced incredible electric vehicle plan
Authorities from the U.S. authorities on Monday, as part of transforming the automobile sector in the nation, announced an overall strategy for the construction of the 500,000 charging stations needed to charge electric cars across the United States, which will lower the price of electric vehicles.
Kamala Harris, the U.S Vice President Kamala Harris at an EV charging station in Maryland, seems to be echoing the electric car advocacy rhetoric in her remarks:
“The future of transportation in our nation and around the world is electric”.
President Joe Biden had last month signed an infrastructure law worth $1 trillion which authorizes a national charging network with a $5 billion budget to states for the construction of charging stations, including the sum of $63 million allocated to Maryland. The new law provides another $2.5 billion in local grants that will help support charging stations that are located in remote areas as well as in communities that are less fortunate.
Biden’s Senate-pending $2 trillion environmental and social policy bill provides a $7500 tax credit to help reduce the cost of electric cars.
“We want to make electric vehicles accessible for everyone,” Harris stated. “Absolutely make it available to anyone and simple. Like filling up your car with gasoline.”
According to Harris, the auto industry is already moving towards electric vehicles. “We need to make the shift faster and make sure it is driven by the United States,” she added.
If public chargers are placed in urban, rural, or suburban areas, “we make it easier for people to go electric,” Harris explained and added that the main hurdle most people encounter when purchasing an electric vehicle will be “figuring out where and how to charge it.”
She also pointed out that those living in apartments may not have a driveway that allows them to plug in the plug, and rural dwellers may need to travel miles to the nearest charging station.
It was reported that the U.S Number 2 visited the maintenance site located in Brandywine near Washington and got the opportunity to see how chargers function while discovering plans to upgrade the power supply of the government fleet within the Maryland region of Prince George’s County.
When she charged one of the cars, “There’s no sound or fume!” she declared. “How do I know it’s actually working?” she asked in a jolly way.
As per Mahidhar Reddy, CEO and the founder of SemaConnect the Maryland company that developed this charging station vehicle will be fully charged once the display turns green.
In a statement from the White House, the new electric vehicle charging strategy will align the joint office for electric vehicles with the Federal Energy and Transportation departments; set standards and guidelines for states, and guarantee that there are consultations with the manufacturers, local and state authorities, environmental justice, tribal groups, civil rights groups, and many others.
Two departments would work together and establish an advisory committee for electric vehicles. Officials believe they will be fully operational by the end of the year.
In the official statement of the White House, the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles in commercial and private fleets will help the government achieve its goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and create thousands of jobs.