ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Five Midwest states have planned to create an electric vehicle charging nertwork, reports NPR. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have joined together to create REV Midwest—the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition.
According to a memorandum released by the states’ governors, the partnership “creates a regional framework to accelerate vehicle electrification in the Midwest.” The plan will make EV chargers more accessible, boosting EV adoption by easing driver concerns over empty batteries.
"Today's REV Midwest partnership is a bipartisan effort to build the future of mobility and electrification and connect our communities," Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. "Our partnership will enable the Midwest to lead on electric vehicle adoption, reduce carbon emissions, spur innovation, and create good-paying jobs."
The plan includes accelerating medium- and heavy-duty fleet electrification and removing barriers to adoption by coordinating charging infrastructure optimization and regulatory standards in the states.
The plan also says it will boost jobs in the participating states, as well as improve public health by creating cleaner air and water. Additionally, REV Midwest will "work together to enable an equitable transition to electric vehicles for all with specific consideration for communities that are historically disadvantaged," according to the memo.
Michigan recently announced that it will build the first road in the U.S. that charges electric cars while they’re driving on it.
NACS reported that EV charging is a barrier to EV adoption. The U.S. has about 110,000 charging stations now, but energy and auto experts say the country needs at least five to 10 times that amount to make the president’s 2030 EV plan work.
Another roadblock in the driver transition to EVs is the availability of fast chargers, which charge an electric battery in 20 to 40 minutes, but they cost $100,000 or more. These types of chargers are needed so EV drivers will be assured they won’t be caught with a dead battery and not near a charging station. NACS Magazine recently covered the stumbling blocks in the push for the fast chargers EV drivers want in its September 2021 issue.
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