In a White House press release, the Obama Administration has announced their plans to set up 48 alternative fuel networks in 35 states and it’ll span nearly 25,000 miles of highways.
Those 48 EV charging corridors will have plenty of roadside signs to direct motorists towards the closest charging station and we can expect to see an existing of planned charging station every 50 miles or so. For those interested, the Federal Highway Administration has a publicly accessible list of corridor locations with indicators to let you know which ones will be getting signage and what of the type of fuels they offer.
Not only will electric chargers be installed, some stations will even offer compressed natural gas, hydrogen, or other fuels.
This undertaking is going to cost a pretty penny so the government has opened up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees this past summer and they’ll be partnering with 28 states, utilities and vehicle manufacturers, including General Motors Co, BMW AG and Nissan Motor Co, and EV charging firms in order to reach their goal.
On top of this, 24 state and local governments will be showing their support by agreeing to purchase hundreds of electric vehicles for government fleets and adding new EV charging stations.
In the past 8 years alone, EV charging stations have jumped from just 500 in 2008 to 16,000, a significant increase and we’ll probably see another large jump thanks to the new charging plan.