ChargePoint Commends White House Initiative to Designate 48 Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors across the Nation
Major Progress Toward Creating Coast-to-Coast EV Charging Network
Campbell, CA — ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today commended a new White House initiative to designate 48 EV charging corridors alongside our interstate highways.
According to a White House fact sheet, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced 55 Interstates that will serve as the basis for a national network of "alternative fuel" corridors spanning 35 states plus the District of Columbia. The announcement designates 48 out of the 55 routes as electric vehicle charging corridors, totaling almost 25,000 miles of electric vehicle routes in 35 states. A map of the routes can be found here.
The following statement can be attributed to ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano.
"This announcement marks a big step forward in the effort to make EV charging available from coast to coast. There are more than 500,000 EVs on the road today, and every day, more Americans make the choice to go electric. This initiative will help make sure that EV drivers can travel anywhere in the country. We appreciate the Obama Administration’s leadership on this issue and are committed to doing our part to make electric transportation a reality nationwide."
Today’s announcement follows a White House initiative launched in July that unlocked up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support EV charging and laid out several principles for accelerating EV charging in the U.S., including a robust marketplace, customer choice and a grid-connected infrastructure that is accessible, affordable, available and reliable.
ChargePoint believes that giving EV drivers access to high-speed charging stations along the national interstate highway system is a vital component of the United States’ electrified transportation future. In July, ChargePoint committed to providing up to $20 million toward the deployment of a national network of high-speed charging stations as part of public-private partnerships. This includes R&D investments, site identification, smart city deployments and DC fast charging corridors.
ChargePoint is a leader in the effort to expand EV charging in our communities and along our highways. This February, the California Energy Commission named ChargePoint as one of the EV charging companies that will complete the West Coast Electric Highway, which connects British Columbia to Baja California with fast charging stations for EVs. In September, ChargePoint announced the installation of 95 new DC fast charging stations in collaboration with two of the world's top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, Inc.