from the charging-into-the-future dept.
This includes hydrogen fuel stations:
[...] The Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for its $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program, which will hand out funds to cities, counties, regional governments and tribes to help deploy EV chargers, hydrogen fuel stations and other reduced-emissions systems near their residents.
Half of the program's funding will go to chargers and stations in "publicly accessible" places like parking facilities, parks and schools. The rest will install this equipment in "alternative fuel corridors" along highways to help with long-distance travel. The initial round of funding will make $700 million available, with the rest coming over the program's five-year span. Officials have to apply no later than May 30th.
The initiative is part of [a] broader campaign to build 500,000 charging stations by 2030, or about five times as many as there were in early 2022. The money, assigned as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is meant to ensure charging access within 50 miles of someone's location in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. While the effort is intended to spur overall EV adoption, there's an added focus on underserved communities like some urban and rural areas.
A strong charging infrastructure is widely considered vital to successfully transitioning away from combustion engine cars. Existing stations can sometimes be crowded or unreliable, and don't always support the fast charging available with recent EVs.
(Score: 3, Interesting) by mcgrew on Thursday March 16, @02:04PM
When I was at a Chevy dealer trying unsuccessfully to buy a Bolt last year (still trying to buy one), the salesman told me that by the end of this year, all Chevy dealers and interstate rest stops will have charging stations. The rest stops may have supposedly been Illinois-only; Pritzger's been pushing EVs hard.
This looks like it will be nation-wide. AFAIK there's only one public charging station in Springfield, at the Hy-Vee on MacArthur. Strange, since that store is close to the poor east side and quite a way from the rich west side where all the Teslas and F-150s are, although I parked next to a new F-150 at Humphrey's yesterday. It's a family-owned grocery in the poorest, most dangerous part of town and IMO far better than any of the chains, so I guess the rich rednecks don't mind the drive.
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(Score: 2) by Snotnose on Thursday March 16, @09:00PM
If it makes economic sense then in-city will take care of itself (usually people with more money than me wiring their garage to provide a charger). If it's in the middle of "60 miles until next gas" territory then either truck stops or tourist traps will fill the need. Between those you'll have diners or whatever advertising "Green eggs and Spam, $9.99. Car charge free!".
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(Score: 2) by Username on Friday March 17, @09:14AM
When cars became a thing, did the feds fund gas stations?
(Score: 2) by ChrisMaple on Saturday March 18, @06:41AM
When I hear "EV chargers, hydrogen fuel stations" I think "BOOM".