More charging stations for electric cars coming to Florida

More charging stations for electric cars coming to Florida

Electric vehicle charging stations will spread across Florida’s highway system, thanks to more than $198 million the state is set to receive from the federal government over five years.

The money comes from the $900 million announced by President Biden in federal funding earmarked for adding electronic car charging stations to the nation’s interstate highway system. The money will go to Florida and 34 other states.

Biden made the announcement while visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with gleaming new electric cars appearing in the background. “By the way, I’ve driven both of these vehicles elsewhere – in the back lawn of the White House. There are still tire marks,” he told a laughing crowd.

The money is part of the first phase of the administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law, which will allocate $71.5 million over fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to Florida, the third most populous state, and more than $198 million over five years.

Only California, the most populous, and Texas, second most populous, got more. The charging stations will eventually be part of a planned network of 500,000 stations, and a 53,000-mile network, Biden said, adding that “the great American road trip will be all-electric.”

The money could be spent on new electric vehicle charging infrastructure, upgrades of existing stations, maintenance costs, workforce development and other related needs.

Florida will use the money to provide infrastructure coverage for more than 6,244 miles of highways. There are, at present, about 1,300 publicly available high-speed outlets for charging electric vehicles in Florida, and 900 slow Level 2 chargers.

Once the federal plan is complete, there will be 6,772 outlets, an increase of 500%.

Federal funding requires that the state install four super-fast chargers at each location, and that these locations are no more than 50 miles apart along approved highways.

If the current site does not have four ports, it qualifies for additional ports.

According to the Department of Transportation’s website, “The rapid adoption of electric vehicles is an important part of the country’s climate goals, with transportation currently accounting for more than a quarter of all emissions.”

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The Biden administration announced in April of last year a goal of reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas pollution by 50% to 52% in 2030 compared to 2005. Biden also rejoined the Paris Agreement, which sets a date for 2050 to reach net zero. economy-wide emissions.

These chests change the rules of the game. Stan Cross, director of electric transportation policy for the Southern Clean Energy Alliance, said Florida has spent $27 million in public money on charging stations. The NEVI (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure) program will provide $198 million to the state over five years. this [sevenfold] increase,” Cross said.

Cross said the growth of electric vehicles, particularly in Florida, makes this funding timely.

A year ago in the Southeast, 2.5% of new car sales were electric vehicles. Today, it’s over 5% with Florida leading at 6%.”

For every one electric car on the road in Florida, there are 163 petrol vehicles, not including hybrids. The population, at just under 23 million, is expected to reach 24.5 million by 2030.

In 2021, there were 95,000 electric vehicles registered in the state, but by 2030, Florida Power and Light expects there will be 600,000.

Florida’s federal funds coincide with Biden’s inflation-reduction law, which stimulated the electric car market by extending the $7,500 tax credit for purchasing a new electric car through 2032. Starting January 1, there will be a 30% credit (up to $4,000) For buyers of used electric vehicles.

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