On Monday, in an effort to boost the use of Electronic Vehicles to cut down emissions across the country, VP Kamala Harris unveiled a federal plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and bring down the cost of electric cars.
Addressing an audience at an EV charging facility in suburban Maryland, Harris said, “The future of transportation in our nation and around the world is electric. The Biden administration wants to make electric vehicles accessible for everyone. Absolutely make it accessible for everyone and easy. Just like filling up your car with gas.”
As it stands, the $1 trillion infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed last month authorizes a nationwide network of charging stations and sets aside $5 billion for states to build them, including $63 million for Maryland. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities. Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, now pending in the Senate, includes a $7,500 tax credit to lower the cost of electric vehicles.
According to the White House, all of these efforts would help achieve Biden’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 while creating thousands of jobs. Biden has set a goal that electric cars and trucks account for half of the new vehicles sold by 2030.