Biden administration has built zero EV chargers since 2021 despite getting $7.5 billion from Congress to do so

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The Biden administration has yet to power on a single electric vehicle charger despite receiving $7.5 billion in 2021 from Congress to build the stations across the country.

A 2021 bipartisan infrastructure package included the massive sum to be spent directly on electric vehicle chargers, with a stated goal of 500,000 chargers in the United States by 2030.

According to Politico, approximately $2 billion has already been sent to different states, but less than half have started taking bids from contractors, meaning construction is still in the distant future.

Simply put, not a single charger has come online as a result of the gigantic government spending bill.

Figures on how many chargers currently exist and how many are needed vary depending on the source and which climate pledge is being adhered to.

In February 2023, it was estimated that the current number of chargers was just one-tenth of the national goal, at around 50,000. However, the Energy Department lists over 70,000 charging stations, with over 180,000 chargers.

Politico cited a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study that said 1.2 million public chargers, including 182,000 fast chargers, will be needed by 2030. There are currently an estimated 41,000 fast chargers.

Bloomberg stated however that California would need more than 1,000,000 charging stations of its own to be able to supply the 5 million emissions-free vehicles it hopes to put on the road by 2030.

According to the Zero Emission Transportation Association, $30 billion will be needed in the next 10 years to provide home charging rebates and grants to state, local, and tribal governments. This is the amount needed for the ever-pressed goal of 100% of cars sold being electric by 2030, as well as a zero-emissions pledge by 2050, which many European car manufacturers have agreed to.

The Biden administration reportedly believes it is on pace, however, with Gabe Klein, executive director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, reportedly stating that the rollout of chargers will "take a little bit of time."

"But boy, when you’re done, it’s going to completely change the game," he claimed. "You have to go slow to go fast," he added.

Requirements for the charging network include building fast chargers along interstate highways and at least every 50 miles on major routes. They also must be operational at least 97% of the time and offer credit card payments.

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Study: 20% of electric vehicle owners couldn't charge their EVs at public charging stations

As the Biden administration pushes electric vehicles, thousands of EV owners report that they couldn't charge their electric cars at public charging stations, according to a new poll.

JD Power – a consumer research, data, and analytics firm – released its second annual U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience Public Charging Study on Wednesday. The survey interviewed 11,554 electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners from January through June 2022.

The study found that 20% of electric vehicle owners couldn't charge their EVs at public charging stations.

"The study finds that one out of every five respondents ended up not charging their vehicle during their visit," JD Power reported. "Of those who didn’t charge, 72% indicated that it was due to the station malfunctioning or being out of service."

Brent Gruber – executive director of global automotive at JD Power – said in a statement, "Not only is the availability of public charging still an obstacle, but EV owners continue to be faced with charging station equipment that is inoperable."

This week, the New York Times published an article titled: "A Frustrating Hassle Holding Electric Cars Back: Broken Chargers."

"Owners of battery-powered cars sometimes struggle to refuel on longer trips because public chargers don’t work or malfunction while cars are plugged in," the Times article read.

There are an estimated 41,000 public EV charging stations in the United States.

President Joe Biden authorized spending $7.5 billion to expand the EV charging infrastructure and hit a target of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030.

Gruber points out that "just adding stations isn't the answer."

"The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program […] will lead to sizable growth in the availability of EV charging stations, but just adding stations isn’t the answer," Gruber said. "Stations need to be added to areas where there are currently gaps in heavily traveled routes and in high-density areas for people who don’t have access to residential charging, but most importantly, designed with things for users to do while charging – regardless of the use case."

Despite supply chain issues, electric vehicle sales (including plug-in hybrids) spiked 41% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same timeframe last year, according to Urban Science. EVs represented 6.2% of all new U.S. car sales in the first six months of 2022, versus 3.6% in 2021.

The JD Power study did not reveal the exact reason as to why the remaining 28% of the EV owners couldn't charge their cars.

A possible reason why EV owners may not have charged their cars at a public charging station could be lengthy wait times.

In March, a woman posted a video of a long line of Tesla owners waiting to charge their vehicles in Louisiana.

The woman who took the video spoke to one of the EV owners, and he said that it normally takes 30 minutes to charge, but the demand was so high that it took over an hour to charge one car.

\u201cUS: A woman from Louisiana filmed a long line of Teslas waiting to charge their cars. It takes over an hour to charge each electric vehicle and the closest charging station is over 100 miles away.\u201d
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In November 2019, a video of a massive line of Tesla automobiles in line went viral.

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