Lawmakers propose national electric-car charging station network

Photo courtesy U.S. Rep. Andy Levin’s office

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Congressman Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat, on Thursday introduced legislation to create a national network of high-speed chargers for electric vehicles.

The bill, called the EV Freedom Act, would establish the network along public highways within five years; “create thousands of good-paying jobs” with Buy America and prevailing wage requirements; chargers along the National Highway System would fully power up EVs in the time it takes to fill up gas and diesel tanks; and interoperability so the chargers would be compatible with all vehicles.

“Today’s legislation is a necessary step in reducing the barriers that have held back greater electric vehicles adoption,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a news release. “Cars, above all else, have historically represented America’s problem with dirty oil. Establishing a nation-wide network of electric vehicles charging stations helps us reduce emissions, creates good paying jobs, and will help transition the U.S. economy to a cleaner future.”

Ocasio-Cortez also pushed the Green New Deal.

The measure faces an uphill battle with a Republican-controlled Senate. The bill doesn’t yet have any Republican backers and the potential cost is unknown, Levin said during a press conference in Washington.

“President Dwight D. Eisenhower once implemented a radical idea – a system of highways that would bring America together,” Levin said. “Six decades later, it’s time to expand on that idea and bring America’s infrastructure into the 21st century. If we are to avoid the doomsday scenario of climate change, we have to transform our transportation system and end our reliance on fossil fuels.”



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