In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill that led to the creation of the interstate highway system. Sixty-three years later, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., hopes the U.S. will embark on another ambitious project: building a coast-to-coast network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles.
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"In the 1950s, we had this super American idea of freedom: Get in your car, go anywhere you want in maybe your Chevy Bel Air. And now in 2019, you need to be able to get into your Chevy Bolt and drive anywhere in the United States," Levin said last week at an EV-themed town hall in suburban Detroit. He said he plans to introduce a bill to implement his idea.
Levin, who drives a Bolt EV, wants enough fast chargers to "crush range anxiety."
His would not be the first attempt. In March, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., introduced the Clean Corridors Act of 2019, which calls for EV and hydrogen fueling stations in designated corridors along the national highway system. U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., introduced a House version in May.
According to the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are 22,676 public EV charging stations in the U.S. California has the most — about 5,400. By contrast, there are 25 in North Dakota and 17 in Alaska.
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