July 22, 2016
The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
The announcement included the release of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure, which was signed by more than 50 states, vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, and charging infrastructure providers. Additionally, the White House announced 35 new employers who committed to increasing the availability of workplace electric vehicle charging through the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.
New federal government initiatives announced by the White House include:
The electric vehicle charging infrastructure announcement was a collaboration between the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency.