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The White House today announced a range of actions intended to stimulate and speed up the deployment of zero-emission electric vehicles in the U.S.
It took these actions, it said, as part of its efforts to "combat climate change, increase access to clean-energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil."
Today's announcements are part of "a continued partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private sector" to achieve "shared goals" of electric-car deployment.
In a statement issued this morning, the Obama Administration listed several new and expanded efforts and programs:
President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016Enlarge Photo
The electric-vehicle charging corridors may be the most interesting development among this list.
The DoT's Federal Highway Administration today announced 55 Interstate highways that will be "alternative-fuel corridors," of which 48 will be designated electric-car corridors.
Existing or planned charging stations—presumably DC fast-charging for long trips—will be spaced at least every 50 miles.
And the states through which they pass will get access to standardized "signs developed by FHWA that identify electric-vehicle charging stations (and other alternative fuels, along the highways similar to existing signage that alerts drivers to gas stations, food, and lodging."
How these efforts play out in practice, of course, will become more clear over the years to come.
But with Volkswagen having agreed to spend $2 billion over 10 years to assist deployment of zero-emission vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure, there's been much discussion over where and how that money will be spent.
The designation of federal EV corridors is likely to focus much of that effort, at least in DC fast-charging, along a common set of known routes.