The US Government Approves $100 Million to Fix the Country’s Broken EV Chargers

The US government approves $100 million to fix the country’s broken EV chargers. More than 6,000 EV chargers or let’s say about 4 percent of the total number of EV chargers are “temporarily unavailable,” according to the database of the government.

The US Government Approves $100 Million

The US Government Approves $100 Million

EV owners who are fed up and tired with the at most times broken, discombobulated charging experience in the US are about to get relief from the federal government.

The US Department of Transportation is at the moment authorizing $100 million to “repair and replace existing but non-operational, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.” The reported investment in question comes from a $7.5 billion pot of money for EV charging that was just recently approved as part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The department just as you should know has already approved around $1 billion for the installation of thousands of new EV chargers along major highways in the United States.

Broken EV Chargers a Major Barrier to a Wider EV Adoption

Broken EV chargers in the region still remain a major barrier to a wider EV adoption. And it all tends to mar the experience of owning an EV, as many owners of EVs revealed to JD Power in the early parts of this year in a survey. Overall satisfaction with EV charging in the United States has reportedly dropped year over year, the market research company reports, and it is now at its lowest level ever.

Transportation Secretary Affected By the Nationwide Issue

Even Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as you should know is not immune to the general struggles of finding a working EV charger. Buttigieg as per The Wall Street Journal, has had difficulty in charging the hybrid minivan of his family while out on the road.

“We’ve definitely had that experience,” Buttigieg revealed to the Journal.

And according to the database of public EV chargers of the Energy Department, close to 6,261 of the 151,506 public charging ports available were reported “temporarily unavailable” — or the equivalent of 4.1 percent of the total number. A charger in question can be identified as temporarily unavailable for a couple of reasons, thus ranging from routine maintenance to even power issues.

How the Funds Will Be Awarded

The new funds in question will very much likely cover the repair or the replacement costs “of all eligible projects,” USDOT stated, thus adding that the money just released will be awarded via “a streamlined application process” that is inclusive of both publicly and privately owned chargers — “so long as they are available to the public without restriction.”



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