Biden's Goal to Electrify the U.S gets Green Light

By Staff Writer August 10, 2021 475
President Joe Biden at the Ford Rouge EV Center, May 18, 2021, in Dearborn, MI. President Joe Biden at the Ford Rouge EV Center, May 18, 2021, in Dearborn, MI. ( image credit @ AP)

The $1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill passed the Senate’s final vote on Tuesday by a bipartisan vote of 69-30 . The bill will rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure with funding for priorities like roads, bridges, rail, transit and the electric grid. 

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced last night that there had been a final agreement on the bipartisan bill.  "This will do a whole lot of good for America," Schumer said.

This follows last week's executive order signed by President Biden that aims to encourage US auto makers to make and sell more electric vehicles. The Detroit Three's  support for the voluntary, unenforceable goal is contingent on funding from the federal government for EV infrastructure, research and development of new electric technologies, and new incentives encouraging car buyers to choose EVs. 

The infrastructure bill includes $15 billion for EV-related projects including $7.5 billion for EV charging stations nationwide.  

The two main concerns for car buyers when thinking about going electric is battery life and where to charge their vehicles. Fewer than 10 percent of Americans have easy access to an electric vehicle charging station, a serious issue considering the administration's goal of 40 to 50 percent of vehicles sold in the US being electric, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen-powered by 2030. The bill will go a long way to creating a viable charging infrastructure across the U.S and meeting the administrations long term electrification goals. 

 

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