WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday said it is proposing a rule that would set minimum standards and requirements for federally funded electric vehicle charging stations.
The standards will help ensure that a national EV charging network is accessible, user-friendly and interoperable among different charging companies and across a broad range of vehicles, White House and administration officials said.
"These new standards will make sure that these chargers can be used by everyone — no matter what car you drive, where you live or how you pay," Mitch Landrieu, the White House's infrastructure implementation coordinator, said during a press call.
The Federal Highway Administration said the proposed rule is expected to publish in the Federal Register next week. A final rule may be published after public comments are reviewed.
The proposal comes as the federal government moves forward on a plan to build a nationwide network of EV charging stations with funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden in November.
The law includes $7.5 billion to help build 500,000 EV charging stations across the U.S. by 2030 and $65 billion for upgrades to the nation's electric grid. Of the $7.5 billion, the law provides $5 billion for states to build out a charging network and $2.5 billion for local grants to support access to EV charging in rural areas and disadvantaged communities.
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation was created by the U.S. Energy and Transportation departments in December to assist with the planning and implementation of a national EV charging network, including distributing funds to states.
States have until Aug. 1 to submit EV infrastructure deployment plans to the joint office, which will approve those plans by Sept. 30 and start to distribute funds thereafter, according to a government website.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told reporters the effort is the "largest investment in EV infrastructure in U.S. history."
The Biden administration also on Thursday announced a series of other steps to meet the president's goal of a national charging network, including the formation of the EV Working Group, a committee of 25 members who will be selected in the coming months to make recommendations on the development, adoption and integration of EVs across the U.S.