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https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing...vehicle-charging-action-plan/?utm_source=link

"No later than February 11th, DOT will publish guidance for States and cities to strategically deploy EV charging stations to build out a national network along our nation’s highway system. This guidance will look at where we already have EV charging and where we need—or will need—more of it. It will focus on the needs of disadvantaged and rural communities, catalyze further private investment in EV charging, and ensure we’re smartly connecting to our electric grid. No later than May 13th, DOT will publish standards for EV chargers in the national network to ensure they work, they’re safe, and they’re accessible to everyone."
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"The current network of over 100,000 public chargers operates with different plug types, payment options, data availability, and hardware hookups. Today’s actions will establish a more uniform approach, provide greater convenience for customers, and offer increased confidence for industry. These federal programs will spur additional private sector investments and drive the build-out of a user-friendly, cost-effective, and financially sustainable national network creating well-paying jobs across manufacturing, installation, and operation. A ubiquitous charging infrastructure targeted to meet different consumers’ needs will provide equitable benefits to all Americans and provide flexibility for future investments, effective integration with a clean power system, and support a growing and diversifying fleet of electrified vehicles."
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"The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes:

  • $3 billion in competitive grants for battery minerals and refined materials aimed at accelerating the development of the North American battery supply chain.
  • An additional $3 billion for competitive grants aimed at building, retooling, or expanding manufacturing of batteries and battery components (such as cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes), and to establish recycling facilities in the United States.
  • Recognizing the need for innovative and practical approaches to battery and critical mineral recycling, the act includes research, development, and demonstration recycling projects ($60 million) and efforts in cooperation with retailers ($15 million) and state and local governments ($50 million) to increase the collection of spent batteries for reuse, recycling or proper disposal. The electric drive vehicle battery recycling and second-life applications program ($200 million) is focused on making electric vehicles batteries (e.g., optimized designs) easier to recycle and utilize in secondary applications before recycling.
  • An additional $750 million “Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program” to re-equip, expand or establish an industrial or manufacturing facility to reduce GHG emissions of that facility substantially below current best practices."
 

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I struggle so hard to understand why the gov't is getting involved with this. There are so many ways to just offer incentives or have the Manufactures get involved here. Free enterprise will take care of this. Tesla built their own. Just like gas stations as the demand shows up the stations will be installed as money is there to be made.
 
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I struggle so hard to understand why the gov't is getting involved with this. There are so many ways to just offer incentives or have the Manufactures get involved here. Free enterprise will take care of this. Tesla built their own. Just like gas stations as the demand shows up the stations will be installed as money is there to be made.
I agree that this much government involvement is not needed. However, I just don't know how much I'm willing to trust corporations to set up chargers like Tesla. Tesla's incentive was EV adoption and they were the only ones. Now it is just someone wanting to make money. Watching the new of car reviewers that do the trip comparisons and all the issues that can come up with unreliable charging stations isn't a positive. I wish major gas station brands would just make their own at their own gas stations.

The only thing the government needs to do is figure out how all of it'll work with the coming increased load. That's why you need a Ford Lightning, so that when the grid goes down from over use your ice cream will be "kept Ford Tough".
 
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