Biden boasted about his $1 trillion infrastructure package, exaggerating it’s influence and claiming that it will create 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations. This fulfills his promise to half of American drivers to be using electric cars by the end of this decade.
Congress finally passed the measures late Friday night, cutting in half the amount of funding needed to implement what Biden had said about charging stations. The bill will be signed by Congress on Friday. Funds could begin flowing into the states in the next month, but construction can’t begin until the Department of Transportation approves its spending plans.
Despite taking a step forward, automakers have made it clear that based solely on federal investment in this legislation, they will not be able to achieve the White House’s goal of half of all new car sales by 2030 to be electric vehicles.
Check out the facts and claims:
Biden “We will build the first nationwide network of charging stations across the country — more than 500,000 of them. … You’ll be able to travel from East to West coast of the country. Just like you do now, where you can stop to refill your tank. These charging stations will be readily available. —Speaking Saturday.
Fact:It’s not that important.
Biden must sign the legislation. It provides $7.5 Billion in federal funding to help build charging stations throughout the country. This amount is significantly less than the $15billion Biden had originally promised to pay for the charging stations of 500,000 that he promised in his presidential campaign.
Analysts say the funding is a good beginning, but it’s not enough to spur widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
According to the International Committee on Clean Transportation, 2.4 million charging stations will be needed in the United States by 2030 if 36% of all new cars are electric. There will be 216,000 people by 2020.
Location of new chargers should depend on models that can predict where they will be needed. These models include travel corridors of long-distance travelers and areas where people spend their time such as apartments, parking lots for apartment buildings, and research along the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Jessika Trancik.
Although the DC fast charger can charge your car up to 80% in just 20 to 45 minutes it is very expensive at between 40,000 and 100,000 US dollars. They should be placed in areas where they are needed to charge quickly so that people can get back on their bikes.
A charger that draws 240-volt electricity is comparable to a clothes dryer but costs about $2,000 less. They take about 8 hours to fully charge a car. This is impossible on the highway.
The White House admitted that the infrastructure bill alone was not sufficient and stated it will use all resources and tools available to meet Biden’s goal of 500,000.