The U.S. government’s actions include the designation of 48 National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors on our Highways

 

EV car-charging-station

 

 

The Obama
Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate
change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence
on oil. Already, in the past eight years the number of plug-in electric
vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have
decreased 70 percent, and we have increased the number of electric vehicle
charging stations from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today – a 40
fold increase. But there is more work to do. That is why, today, the
Administration is announcing key steps forward to accelerate the utilization of
electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them.

By working
together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can
ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home,
at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation
that will drive America forward. Today’s announcements demonstrate a continued
partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private
sector to achieve these shared goals:

  • For the first time, the
    United State Department of Transportation (DOT) is establishing 48
    national electric vehicle charging corridors on our highways
    , these newly
    designated electric vehicle routes cover nearly 25,000 miles, in 35 states.
  • 28 states, utilities,
    vehicle manufactures, and change organizations are committing to accelerate the
    deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the DOT’s
    corridors; 
  • 24 state and local
    governments are committing to partner with the Administration and increase the
    procurement of electric vehicles in their fleets;
  • The United States
    Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting two studies to evaluate the optimal
    national electric vehicle charging deployment scenarios, including along DOT’s
    designated fueling corridors; and 
  • 38 new businesses,
    non-profits, universities, and utilities are signing on to DOE’s Workplace
    Charging Challenge and committing to provide EV charging access for their
    workforce.

Today’s
announcements build on a record of progress from multiple programs across the
Administration that work to scale
up EVs and fueling infrastructure
, including at the Departments of Energy,
Transportation, Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and with the
private sector. This summer, the Administration opened up to $4.5 billion in
loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric
vehicle charging facilities and in collaboration with the Administration,
nearly 50 industry members signed on to the Guiding
Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure
.
This effort launched the beginning of a collaboration between the government
and industry to increase the deployment of EV charging infrastructure that is
carried forward in the announcements today.

ADVANCING THE DEPLOYMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE ALONG
OUR HIGHWAYS

Establishing 48 National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors on our
Highways
: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) today announced 55 Interstates that will serve as the
basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states
plus the District of Columbia. Today’s announcement includes designating 48 
out of the 55 routes electric vehicle charging corridors, totaling almost
25,000 miles of electric vehicle routes in 35 states
. To make it easier for
drivers to identify and locate charging stations, states designated as
“sign-ready” are authorized to use signs developed by FHWA that identify
electric vehicle charging stations and other alternative fuels along the
highways similar to existing signage that alerts drivers to gas stations, food,
and lodging. Drivers can expect either existing or planned charging stations
within every 50 miles.

28 States, Utilities, Vehicle Manufactures, and Change Organizations Commit
to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Deployment on DOT’s Corridors:
Today, the following organizations are committing to help accelerate the
deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure along the Alternative
Fuel Corridors designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. These
initial and future corridors will serve as a basis for a national network of
electric vehicle charging infrastructure to enable coast to coast zero emission
mobility on our nation’s highways:

  • Ameren Missouri
  • Berkshire Hathaway
    Energy
  • BMW
  • ChargePoint
  • Connecticut Green Bank
  • Edison Electric
    Institute
  • Electric Drive
    Transportation Association
  • EV Connect
  • Eversource Energy
  • EVgo
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Greenlots
  • Kansas City Power &
    Light
  • MidAmerican Energy
    Company
  • New York State
  • Nissan
  • NV Energy
  • Pacific Gas &
    Electric (PG&E)
  • Pacific Power
  • PlugShare
  • Portland General
    Electric
  • Public Service Company
    of New Mexico
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Skychargers
  • Southern California
    Edison
  • Texas-New Mexico Power
  • Vision Ridge Partners
  •  

Conducting Two Studies to Evaluate the Optimal National EV Charging
Deployment Scenarios:
Early next year, DOE
plans to publish two studies developed with national laboratories and with
input from a range of stakeholders to support broad EV charging infrastructure
deployment, including along DOT’s alternative fuel corridors.  The first
is a national EV infrastructure analysis that identifies the optimal number of
charging stations for different EV market penetration scenarios. The second
will provide best practices for EV fast charging installation, including system
specifications as well as siting, power availability, and capital and
maintenance cost considerations.

Continuing to Partner with Stakeholders to Build Charging Infrastructure
Along the National Charging Corridors:
The White House will be convening key stakeholders in November 2016 to
continue to encourage state and local governments and businesses to build
public electric vehicle charging infrastructure along our national highways.

 

Supporting
state and local partnerships to increase the electric vehicles on the road

Partnering
with 24 state and local governments to electrify our vehicle fleets
: Building on the
Administration’s policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Federal
Fleets by 30 percent by 2025, today, we are announcing twenty-four state and
local governments have joined the Federal government to electrify our fleets.
These new commitments will account for over 2,500 new electric vehicles in 2017
alone, and help pave a path for a sustained level of purchases into the future.
By working together, Federal, state and local leadership can aggregate demand
to lower purchase costs through increasing automotive manufactures’ demand
certainty, promote electric vehicle innovation and adoption and expand our
national electric vehicle infrastructure. The cumulative benefit of the
commitments announced today include more than one million dollars and 1,211,650
gallons in potential annual fuel savings.

The states of
California, Minnesota, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington along
with the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, Columbus, Ohio, Fort Collins and Denver,
Colorado, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, New
York City, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington; and
the counties of Arlington, VA, Boulder, CO, Monterey, Sacramento, San Mateo,
and Sonoma CA, and Ulster, NY – all have committed to add EVs and charging
stations to their areas.

Read more about
the accelerated
deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure
.