The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to gain momentum as governments worldwide incentivize their use. However, there have been some challenges along the way. In the US alone, there are currently over 6,000 non-operational EV chargers, according to data sourced from the US government’s database. This represents approximately four percent of the total number of EV charging stations available.
Having non-operational chargers can be frustrating for EV owners, as it can be disheartening to arrive at a charging station with only a few miles of range left, only to find that it is out of service. Recognizing this issue, the US government has taken action to address it. The US Department of Transportation has authorized $100 million to repair and replace non-operational EV charging infrastructure.
The funds for this initiative come from the government’s previous $7.4 billion investment in EV charging technology, approved under the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In addition to repairing damaged charging stations, the government is also working on installing thousands of new EV charging stations along major US highways. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $1 billion.
Broken EV chargers pose a significant barrier to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Charging an EV takes longer than filling up a gas tank, and the presence of faulty or non-operational chargers only exacerbates the issue. Waiting longer in line or searching for an alternative charging station can be inconvenient for EV owners.
Satisfaction with EV charging infrastructure has been declining, according to data from JD Power, reaching its lowest level ever. The US Department of Energy’s database indicates that out of the 151,506 public charging ports available in the US, 6,261 are currently non-operational due to maintenance, damage, or power issues.
The newly allocated $100 million funding is expected to cover the costs of repairing and replacing these non-operational EV chargers. The Department of Transportation plans to award the funds through a streamlined application process, including both publicly and privately owned chargers accessible to the public without restrictions.
With this investment, the US government aims to improve the reliability and accessibility of EV charging infrastructure, encouraging more drivers to transition to electric vehicles and ultimately contributing to a greener transportation future.
– The Verge: [source article]
– JD Power: [source for satisfaction with EV charging infrastructure data]
– US Department of Energy’s database: [source for public charging port data]