The Department of Transportation is instilling new rules for EV chargers for public use. Some of these proposed rules include standard charging plugs that will fit all car charging ports and a standard kilowattage for the charging stations to power the electric vehicles. As a part of the DOT’s proposal, there will also be job training and mandates in order to be qualified for servicing the EV charging stations.
“We must build a national charging network that makes finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station,” Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “These new ground rules will help create a network of EV chargers across the country that are convenient, affordable, reliable and accessible.”
There have been numerous programs of all levels to help influence the availability of EV charging. There are government programs that can be applied for through the state and federal government to receive funds for charging stations as well as private grant programs. The most recent federal law is allocating $5 billion towards EV charging infrastructure called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program that states can apply for by reporting their electric vehicle charging plans to receive the grant.