Although demands for electric vehicles (EVs) have risen over the years, production has stalled while consumer skepticism has been fueled by battery problems. Nevertheless, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of EVs are focusing their investments in producing EV batteries and motors. Reports have it that Ford and GM are both intent on building massive battery manufacturing plants, instead of producing whole new lines of electric-powered vehicles.
While this business strategy can help reduce consumer skepticism over the adoption of electric vehicles, the greater assurance that will fully convince the population to get into EV driving, is the availability of support in terms of infrastructures.
Biden Administration Secures Funding for Infrastructure Projects
Early this year, after several wheeling and dealing among politicians, Congress finally passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Law that includes the building of the national electric vehicle charging network (NEV). This project is touted as the most critical step to make the full blown adoption of electric vehicles a reality.
The NEV project, through the collaborative efforts of the Biden administration’s Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Energy, will make EV charging accessible across the country to all Americans.
In line with the launch of the NEV project, President Biden announced a $5 billion funding that will be released over the projected 5-year period by which the National Electric Vehicle Charging Network will be completed.
The $5 billion funding will be allocated to the different states to use in the creation of a network of charging stations located in designated Alternative Fuel Corridors along Interstate Highway Systems.
What Exactly is an Alternative Fuel Corridor?
Apart from electricity, the phasing out of petrol-fueled vehicles also support the use of cars running on alternative fuels like propane, hydrogen or alcohol such as butanol, methanol, ethanol, vegetable and waste-derived fuel.
On its part, the Federal Highway Administration instituted a program for Alternave Fuel Corridors in their jurisdiction. The program entailed the establishment and identification of highway segments supporting infrastructures for different alternative fuel options
Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm of the U.S Department of Energy remarked that through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, America’s national highway system will be modernized for drivers in cities, towns and rural communities, be they large or small. The purpose of which is mainly to harness the benefits of driving electric vehicles, which include saving money when travelling across America from coast-to-coast.
In the meantime, don’t worry about not having sources of traditional cars to convert using alternative fuels, while the 5-year NEV project is ongoing. In Phoenix, Arizona, the Earnhardt Auto Centers have a diverse fleet of more than two thousand new and pre-owned cars in 17 locations.
However, to make sure you will be making the right trip, it’s recommended to first check the availability of the vehicle at the No Bull website. That way, you’ll know where and which Earnhardt car dealer has the brand and model of car you are looking to purchase.