Now-signed infrastructure bill commits $ 7.5 billion to electric vehicle charging network

President Joe Biden has enacted a trillion dollar infrastructure spending bill.

It includes $ 7.5 billion to build an electric vehicle charging network. It also has money to create four hydrogen hubs, with hydrogen to be the clean energy of choice for the trucking and airline industry.

Many people have to stop on their way to Chicago to recharge and they may have to stop to recharge. ”—Kristin Dziczek, Automotive Research Center

Kristin Dziczek is the Senior Vice President of Research at the Center for Automotive Research. She says the legislation should help we remain competitive in the mobility sector.

Japan and Japanese automakers have made a strong commitment to hydrogen, ”says Dziczek. “China, Korea and Japan are leading the way when it comes to batteries. So you know it’s a catch-up game.

Dziczek says a second infrastructure bill still in Congress, known as the Build Back Better plan, would include incentives for the sale of electric vehicles. In the meantime, she says funding to improve infrastructure will help make electric vehicles a more viable option for driving beyond commuting.

And you know people in Detroit, ”says Dziczek,“ we’re thinking, ‘can I go to Chicago with a tank of gas? Well, a lot of people have to stop on their way to Chicago to recharge and they may have to stop to recharge. “

Dziczek says improved battery technology can reduce the load on a nationwide charging grid. However, she says the next generation of electric vehicle power cells is still several years away.

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