The US Travel Association on Friday hailed a plan by the Biden administration to invest $5 billion in a new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula (NEVI) program, saying “this program will make foundational investments in a national electric vehicle charging network that will shape the future of travel mobility in America.
The White House, Department of Transportation, and Department of Energy all issued a joint statement regarding the five-year plan.
While some Americans have embraced the shift to electric vehicles — even rental car dealership Hertz said it is ordering 100,000 from Tesla — many are struggling to find charging stations. The program helps states create a network of electric vehicle charging stations along designated alternative fuel corridors, particularly along the interstate highway system.
A second competitive grant program designed to further increase access to electric vehicle charging across the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year.
“A century ago, America ushered in the era of the modern automobile; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “The President’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act will help us win the race for electric vehicles by working with states, workers and the private sector to deploy a historic national charging network that will make electric vehicle charging accessible to more people. ‘Americans.’
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm added, “We’re modernizing America’s national highway system for drivers in cities large and small, towns and rural communities to realize the benefits of electric driving.”
During the public comment period on the initiative, the US Travel Association encouraged state transportation departments to work closely with state tourism boards, private travel companies, and travel marketing organizations. destination to apply for subsidies and make recommendations on the locations of charging stations to be set up.
“With sustainability being a cornerstone of the future of traveler mobility, travel industry innovations will often exceed the government resources needed to deploy them,” said Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and US Travel Association policy. in a report. “The administration’s announcement is a historic opportunity for state tourism boards and destination marketing organizations to partner with policymakers at the start of the Green American Road Trip.”