Last week, the Department of Transportation announced that it had approved electric vehicle charging station plans for all 50 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico that will cover about 75,000 miles of highways.
As part of the so-called “Bipartisan Infrastructure Package,” the Biden administration earmarked $5 billion to states to install EV charging stations along interstate highways in the next five years.
Under the Transportation Department’s “National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program,” states are now approved to construct a network of charging stations along designated “alternative fuel corridors” on the national highway system and will be able to access over $1.5 billion to help construct them.
DOT officials said states should install stations every 50 miles and ensure each station is within one mile of an interstate.
In a statement, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg boasted that the plan will position communities “to unlock the savings and benefits of electric cars.”
The administration has earmarked around $135 billion in taxpayer money for electric vehicle development. It wants to build a national network of 500,000 charging stations in the next eight years. It expects Americans to give up affordable gas vehicles for electric cars that cost more than a home. How is any of that a “savings?”
Meanwhile, both California and New York are vowing to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2030, forcing consumers to pay for cars they can’t afford.
Without government mandates and tens of billions in taxpayer subsidies, the electric vehicle industry couldn’t survive.
This is not how a free market economy is supposed to work.