The Senate has introduced its six-year highway infrastructure spending bill known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act, or DRIVE Act. [PDF] The bill includes a provision for national electric vehicle charging corridors and deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in those corridors by the end of fiscal year 2021.
The DRIVE act calls for designation of national electric vehicle charging corridors to identify the need for, and location of, electric vehicle charging infrastructure at strategic locations along major national highways to improve the mobility of electric-powered passenger and commercial vehicles.
In designating corridors, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation shall involve the heads of other Federal agencies; State and local officials; representatives of energy utilities; the electric vehicle industries; clean technology firms; the hospitality industry; the restaurant industry; and highway rest stop vendors.
The bill calls for a report that identifies electric vehicle charging infrastructure and standardization needs for electricity providers, infrastructure providers, vehicle manufacturers, electricity purchasers, and establishes a goal of achieving strategic deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in those corridors by the end of fiscal year 2021.
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