The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday approved electric vehicle (EV) charging station plans covering roughly 75,000 miles of highways across the country.
“We have approved plans for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to help ensure that Americans in every part of the country — from the largest cities to the most rural communities — can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement.
Texas’ EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan, part of the National EV Infrastructure Formula Program funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, was approved ahead of schedule.
According to Texas’ plan, the state will use federal fund to grow its emerging charging network of 5,798 public charging ports, with top priority of placing high powered chargers along the 3,615 miles of Designated EV Corridors within Texas.
The White House has put about 135 billion U.S. dollars toward electric vehicle development and creation and is aiming to build a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations by 2030, said a CNBC report.
The United States is reportedly the world’s third-largest market for EVs behind China and Europe.