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Kamala Harris introduces administration's plan for electric vehicle charging stations
The Biden administration is looking to make the shift into electric vehicles as one of its measures to combat climate change. Vice President Kamala Harris recently unveiled the strategy for electric vehicle charging stations.
During Harris’s recent visit to Maryland, the vice president introduced the administration’s strategy for charging stations for electric vehicles. The administration seeks to place 500,000 charging stations nationwide, bringing down the cost of electric vehicles. This is part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan that was signed into law, with a provision of $5 billion for the states to build electric vehicle charging stations.
“The future of transportation in our nation and around the world is electric,” said Harris in her remarks at a suburban electric vehicle charging facility in Maryland. $63 million would be provided for the state to build its charging stations.
“We want to make electric vehicles accessible for everyone,” added the vice president. “We need to make the shift faster and make sure it’s driven by the United States.”
Harris noted that the issue that most people have when purchasing an electric car is in the accessibility of charging stations as well as how to charge electric vehicles.
Aside from the $5 billion for electric charging stations, the law also includes an additional $2.5 billion in grants for charging stations in rural areas and in underserved communities. Included in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal is a provision of $7,500 tax credit to lower the cost of electric vehicles. The social and climate infrastructure bill awaits passage in the Senate.
Previously, Harris pushed back on the media coverage she received during her engagement in France. In her interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Harris said that the reports about her personal shopping trip in Paris were “ridiculous” and that those distracted from her diplomatic visit to the country.
Harris traveled to France in November to visit French President Emmanuel Macron in order to further fix the diplomatic crisis between the US and France over the recent submarine deal with the UK and Australia. Harris also highlighted the issues that were a concern with both countries during her four-day visit.