The government is about to make it easier for you to take your electric car on a long-haul trip
The White House has announced plans to establish 48 electric vehicle charging corridors across the country that will cover nearly 25,000 miles across 35 states.
WASHINGTON — Taking your electric car out further than work or a nearby shopping mall is about to get a lot easier, thanks to a new initiative launched by the Obama administration.
The U.S. federal government plans to establish 48 electric vehicle charging corridors across the country to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, the White House announced on Nov. 3.
The 48 corridors — which will be designated by the Department of Transportation — will cover nearly 25,000 miles, crossing 35 states and the District of Columbia.
The plans call for there to be either an existing or a planned charging station within every 50 miles along these corridors.
New signs approved by the Federal Highway Administration will help drivers to identify and locate these charging stations.
According to the Washington Post, the new signage and the existence of charging station at roughly 50-mile intervals will help overcome what analysts call “range anxiety,” one of the main barriers to using electric vehicles for long-haul trips. Electric cars such as the Volkswagen e-Golf, Chevrolet Spark and BMW i3 can travel only 80 miles on a single charge.
The new actions are part of a larger federal initiative to speed up the deployment of alternative-fuel vehicle infrastructure nationwide, the White House said in a press release published on its website.
Website Climate Central reports that among the 48 vehicle charging corridors are Interstate 5 from San Diego to the Canadian border; Interstates 10, 20, 30, 35 and 45 in Texas; and Interstate 80 from Nebraska to New York City.
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