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Celebrating Powerful Progress on World EV Day

September 9, 2023

Source: ACT News

If the 1920s ushered in a century of petroleum-powered automobiles, then the 2020s are electrifying transportation for a cleaner, more sustainable 21st century. Interestingly, chemist William Morrison first introduced America to the electric vehicle (EV) in the 1890s, so perhaps on this World EV Day, we should celebrate clean transportation’s dramatic comeback.

There is a lot to celebrate today. Now in its fourth year, World EV Day honors innovation and “unites companies and individuals, policymakers, and thought leaders, for a day of activations and announcements that continue to propel the [e-mobility] movement across the globe.” Indeed, decarbonization is a focal point for the country, as measured by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. This digital resource shows that North America boasts more than 65,000 EV charging station locations with upwards of 170,000 charging ports to help support the 3.34 million EVs on the road after Q1 2023.

That the U.S. and Canada have such a robust build-out of infrastructure for EVs is unsurprising, given the confluence of technology, public policy, and investments fueling this clean transportation movement. In 2021, President Biden’s $1.1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law brought the country the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program and the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure program. Together, the programs will fund $7.5 billion for reliable, convenient, and affordable charging stations. It is the Biden Administration’s goal to reach 500,000 publicly accessible chargers by 2030.

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