According to a statement made on April 17, the Biden administration has agreed to a fresh round of public and private pledges to increase EV charging stations around the U.S. starting now and continuing for several years.
The agreements increase the number of participants, which the White House initially announced in February, and include investment promises from digital businesses like Zipcar, the world’s largest ride-sharing company, and others. At that time, the Biden administration claimed to have worked out a deal with Tesla to let more people utilize thousands of its exclusive SuperCharger stations.
By at least 2030, Biden wants there to be at least 500,000 chargers, including ones in every state. He stated that was a significant step toward his objective of having EV sales make up more than 50% of new car sales by 2030.
More than 100,000 public EV chargers will be added as part of the new rollout, which was a part of the announcement, to the more than 135,000 already present across the nation.
The administration stated that these promises are the foundation of President Biden’s Investing in America strategy, which aims to promote domestic manufacturing, enhance supply chains, increase U.S. competitiveness, and generate high-paying employment.
The Combined Charging System (CCS) plug standard is required under the regulations put in place this year, which implies that more EVs can use the same charger. Except for Tesla, the majority of automakers currently employ the CCS standard.
The new participants include:
- Blink Charging plans to invest $49 million to boost the number of chargers it can produce at its Bowie, Maryland, facility from 10,000 to 40,000.
- Zipcar promises to donate 25% of its electric vehicles to underserved areas.
- Uber stated that it aims to reach 400 million EV miles driven on its platform in the U.S. by the end of 2023 by distributing resources through its Green Future program to assist hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to EVs and through its partnerships with automakers, rental businesses, and charging companies.
The White House also highlighted:
- Enel X Way promises to offer more than 2,000,000 EV chargers in North America, including more than 10,000 public DC fast charging stations. The company also claims it will enter the market for EV public charging stations in 2023.
- Walmart promises to have installed new fast-charging stations for electric vehicles at thousands of its and Sam’s Club sites across the nation.
- NADA for its collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to launch comprehensive online dealer training to speed up EV adoption.