White House officials announced 48 national electric vehicle (EV) charging networks will be established on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 states. State officials, utilities, automakers and EV charging companies have partnered on the initiative to jump-start charging station construction on designated corridors. Charging stations are expected to be constructed every 50 miles and Federal Highway Administration officials unveiled new roadside signs to help motorists find the stations.
“Alternative fuels and electric vehicles will play an integral part in the future of America’s transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We have a duty to help drivers identify routes that will help them refuel and recharge those vehicles and designating these corridors on our highways is a first step.”
A list of Alternative Fuel Corridors, which includes those designated for EVs, can be found here.
Officials said one reason EVs have not been adopted in great numbers is the difficulty in locating charging stations. The number of EV charging stations in service has grown from about 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000. Recently, 24 state and local governments have agreed to buy hundreds of additional EVs for government fleets.
Los Angeles officials plan to purchase 50 percent of all new light-duty vehicles as battery EVs by 2017 and 80 percent of municipal fleet procurements by 2025. The city’s electric fleet is slated to reach over 400 battery EVs and 155 plug-in hybrid EVs by the end of 2017. About $22.5 million dollars will be spent on electric vehicle charging stations by June 2018, adding to existing stations for a total of 1,500 city-wide.
In Vermont, 50 percent of the state motor pool will be converted to plug-in electric vehicles by the end of 2017. The state will also convert 10 percent of its centralized light-duty fleet to EVs and install one dedicated charging port for each of these vehicles.
Minnesota officials have developed a fleet action plan to integrate EVs, hybrid EVs and zero emission vehicles. The state plans to purchase 25 of these vehicles in 2017 and install 15 charging stations.
The City of Atlanta is encouraging public adoption of electric vehicles and installing charging stations in 100 dedicated EV parking spaces at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the end of 2016. The city committed to converting 20 percent of its municipal fleet to electric vehicles by 2020.
In Detroit, city officials plan to purchase 10 percent of service vehicles as plug-in electric in 2017. They also set a goal to purchase EVs as 10 percent of light-duty replacement vehicles. Low-speed EVs will also be used for transit police and safety and security staff.
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