White House Details EV Charger Network Plan

The infrastructure law includes $7.5 billion for buildout; standards for chargers to be released by May.

December 14, 2021

EV Chargers

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Biden Administration yesterday released details of its plan to build out an electric vehicle charging infrastructure, reports The Hill. The plan calls for the creation of a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation between the Energy and Transportation departments, which will be tasked with implementing the charging network and other electrification provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure law. There is $7.5 billion included in the infrastructure law to be used on the electric charging network.

"People who live in apartments ... might not have a private driveway where they can install a plug," Vice President Kamala Harris said during remarks outlining the plan. "When we install public chargers, in rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods, we make it easier for people to go electric," she added.

According to the plan, the White House will hold stakeholder meetings on the electric charging network, and an electric vehicle advisory committee will be established by the Energy and Transportation departments. Guidance for cities and states to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging stations will be published by the Transportation Department by Feb. 11. Then the department will publish standards by May 13 to make sure chargers are functional, safe and accessible.

Shortly after election, President Biden unveiled an electric car plan that said half of all new cars sold in the United States will be electric by 2030. But in order for that plan to become a reality, energy and auto experts say the U.S. needs at least five to 10 times its current amount of EV chargers to bring the plan to fruition.

In October, five Midwest states joined together to create REV Midwest—the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, which “creates a regional framework to accelerate vehicle electrification in the Midwest.” The partnership will make EV chargers more accessible, boosting EV adoption by easing driver concerns over empty batteries.

Separately, Toyota Motor Corp. today said it is accelerating its shift to producing electric vehicles to meet its goal to sell 3.5 million EVs worldwide by 2030, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Japanese automaker will transform its Lexus luxury nameplate into an EV-only lineup in North America, Europe and China by 2030.

A recent Convenience Matters podcast episode discusses how EVs are the future, and another episode explains how convenience retailers can attract and retain EV customers. A free NACS webinar helps retailers understand how EVs and environmentally conscious consumers will affect your business.

Read more about electricity demand charges and what they mean for retailers’ ability to turn a profit from EV charging in the September issue of NACS Magazine.