Marketplace has a new podcast for kids, "Million Bazillion!" EPISODE OUT NOW

More EV charging stations would provide infrastructure for auto industry growth

Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 31, 2021
Heard on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Lack of access to chargers is one of the top barriers to electric vehicle adoption, said analyst Sam Abuelsamid at Guidehouse Insights. Jack Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

More EV charging stations would provide infrastructure for auto industry growth

Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 31, 2021
Heard on:
Lack of access to chargers is one of the top barriers to electric vehicle adoption, said analyst Sam Abuelsamid at Guidehouse Insights. Jack Taylor/AFP via Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

President Joe Biden is expected to outline a massive new proposal for infrastructure spending at an address in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today. The plan is reported to go beyond the usual roads and bridges to focus on measures to combat climate change, like dramatically expanding the nation’s network of electric vehicle charging stations.

A couple of years ago, Leo Touza was seriously considering buying an electric vehicle. He found some great deals on used ones, but he rents an apartment in Portland, Oregon, and has to park on the street.

“Where do I charge it? If they just had like a few chargers on every block or something, that helps,” Touza said.

But that wasn’t the case, so he bought a gas car instead. Lack of access to chargers is one of the top barriers to electric vehicle ownership, said analyst Sam Abuelsamid at Guidehouse Insights.

“You want a consistent network that’s just widely distributed,” Abuelsamid said.

Auto industry groups have pushed the White House to prioritize charging infrastructure to help boost EV sales. Charging availability has increased in many places, but varies widely, said Ethan Elkind at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Any electric vehicle driver who’s looked on a map to see where the charging stations are, you can pretty readily identify some parts of the U.S. where there’s a real missing infrastructure,” Elkind said.

Auto trade groups say there are around 100,000 public charging outlets across the country.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.