The government wants a national charging network by 2020.


Finding a charging point for an electric vehicle should be much easier in the United States soon because the government is promising $4.5 billion in loan guarantees for broadening the infrastructure, Electrek reports. The investment could make buying an EV more attractive for many people and more convenient for those that already have one.

In its announcement, the Obama administration says this project’s goal is “the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.” By 2020, the President wants to have a nationwide network of sites for people to plug-in. The Feds say these sites need to be “accessible, affordable, available, and reliable.” The government is encouraging companies to find corridors where the tech would be most useful and then expand from there.

Local governments are major purchasers of fleet vehicles, which means they could support a greater adoption of EVs. To make this a reality, the Office of Federal Sustainability is working with state, county, and municipal officials on a collective purchase of electric models and charging equipment. By making such a huge order, they should be able to negotiate a lower price than working individually.

Two projects could mean a better future for EV drivers, too. First, the Department of Energy is spearheading research into a 350-kilowatt fast charger, which would let vehicles recharge in about 10 minutes. In addition, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gets $50 million to work on ways to create higher capacity batteries and bring costs below $100 per kilowatt-hour.

Source: Electrek, White House

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