Biden touts funds for electric vehicle charging network: will be as 'easy to find as gas stations'

Biden touts funds for electric vehicle charging network: will be as ‘easy to find as gas stations’

President Biden on Wednesday predicted a future in the United States where electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be as easy to find as gas stations, while announcing the first round of funding to build a nationwide charging network.

“The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified,” Biden said in a speech in Detroit, Michigan. “Whether you’re driving coast to coast along I-10 or I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be in place and easy to find like gas stations are now. “

The president announced approval of the first $900 million in bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding to build electric vehicle chargers in 35 states, which will span 53,000 miles of national highway. The investment is part of the $7.5 billion allocated by law to build charging stations in the United States.

“Before, to buy an electric car, you had to make all kinds of compromises. But not now,” Biden said Wednesday. “Thanks to American ingenuity, American engineers, American autoworkers, everything is changing.”

The president noted that drivers can now buy American-made electric vehicles that have a long range, charge quickly and are fast.

“I believe we can own the future of the auto market, I believe we can own the future of manufacturing. American manufacturing is back, Detroit is back, America is back,” Biden said. .

Biden earlier Wednesday visited the Detroit Auto Show and tested an electric Cadillac Lyriq. He was joined by the governor of Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer (D), senator. Debbie Stabenow (D) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D).

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