Jack McEvoy on August 2, 2022
State officials are having a hard time following the Biden administration’s regulations for the construction of charging stations for electric cars as the Biden administration works to create a nationwide network of such stations, according to E&E News.
Transportation planners in rural Western states are claiming that the Biden administration’s plan for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure wasn’t created with their states in mind and are pleading with federal regulators to extend their funding deadline that passed on Monday, reported E&E News. State transportation planners could lose up to tens of millions of dollars of federal grant money to improve infrastructure if they cannot adhere to the federal rules that they consider illogical due to their state’s geography, grid capacity or local regulations.
Biden’s broad regulations do not fit the unique rural landscape of states like Utah and do not make sense to local officials as there is limited infrastructure to accomodate EV charging stations, according to E&E news. For example, placing charging stations 50 miles apart with little else surrounding them makes little practical sense in sparsely populated states, state officials say.
A long-standing ban on commercial activities at rest stops could also threaten federal EV infrastructure in Utah, reported E&E News.
“How do you incentivize a private-sector partner to co-invest in an interstate rest area when there is zero opportunity for them to monetize or get a return on their investment?” Lyle McMillan, director of strategic investments at the Utah Department of Transportation, told E&E News.
The federal grants provide roughly $5 billion total for the coast-to-coast charging network and tens of millions of dollars for each state to help construct their portion of the network. States must provide a description of their intended use of the funds in order to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
The controversy surrounding the federal initiative comes amid the Democrats and the Biden administration’s attempts to implement its ambitious climate agenda which includes subsidies for EVs as well as net-zero emissions targets by 2030.
The Biden administration hopes that the network will place EV chargers along highways to boost the range of EVs and encourage more Americans to buy them.
The White House and Utah’s DOT did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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