America’s debut EV charging hub springs into action

  • NEVI-funded station charges up Columbus in Ohio, ahead of plans to roll out 500,000 chargers across 79,000 miles of U.S. roads.
  • Under Biden’s reign, EV sales have tripled and 165,000 chargers have been installed nationwide, smashing the 2030 goal ahead of time.
  • Ohio’s Pilot Travel Center revs up EV convenience, unleashing 175 kW fast chargers alongside a pit stop for grub, drinks, and essentials.

NEVI-fuelled surge ignites the first EV charging hub in Ohio, paving the way for 500,000 chargers across the nation

Revving up the future of transportation, America’s first EV charging station, fuelled by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, kicked off its grand opening just outside Columbus, Ohio this week. This bold move officially kickstarts the Administration’s mission to roll out more than 500,000 chargers, blazing a trail that will link up 79,000 miles of America’s roads and highways. 

Since President Biden took the wheel, the EV revolution has shifted into focus. EV sales have tripled, private investment is skyrocketing, and the number of publicly available charge points has surged by an impressive 70%. With over 165,000 public EV chargers nationwide, the nation is not just keeping pace but surpassing expectations. America is charging ahead of schedule, confidently steering towards the Administration’s ambitious goal of establishing a robust national network comprising 500,000 public EV charging ports by 2030. The road to an electrified future is well underway.

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Ohio’s new charging hub at the Pilot Travel Center on Interstate 70 is the first of many, set to revolutionise the fast-charging network. With 175 kW fast chargers, it can power up to four cars simultaneously, reaching 80% battery in 20-40 minutes. Plus, drivers can enjoy easy access to food, drinks, and roadside essentials while they charge. 

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) collaborated with all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico to intricately design an electric vehicle (EV) charging network. This strategic approach ensures comprehensive coverage, meeting both local and regional demands, and spanning the entirety of America’s roads.

Joint Office Executive Director, Gabe Klein, said:

“This program is about more than just installing chargers; it’s about working together across public and private to ensure taxpayer dollars result in effective and lasting infrastructure and a convenient, Made-in-America national charging network.”

NEVI-funded charging stations are on the rise, with New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maine leading the charge. Twenty-eight states have issued solicitations, and over a dozen have already awarded contracts or secured agreements, promising increased operational stations in the coming months. The electric vehicle revolution is picking up speed nationwide.

NEVI embodies a comprehensive effort to shape a well-planned and universally accessible electric vehicle future. Complemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $2.5 billion Charging and Fuelling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program, these initiatives collectively drive towards a future that is efficient, inclusive, and seamlessly integrates electric vehicle infrastructure into communities across the nation.

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