WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) has proposed minimum standards for electric vehicle charging stations, funded under a government program worth $5 billion.
The standards would require government-funded EV charging stations to use DC Fast Chargers and have at least four ports capable of simultaneously charging four EVs, with each port being rated at or above 150 kW. Charging stations also cannot force users to purchase memberships to use them.
According to USDOT, the fastest chargers currently available will help “allow for convenient charging solutions.”
A network of fast and reliable EV charging stations around the country is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to encourage more Americans to switch to EVs.
President Joe Biden aims to have 50 percent of all new vehicles to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric models, and 500,000 new EV charging stations built by 2030, but he has not endorsed phasing out new gasoline-powered vehicle sales by 2030.
USDOT said standards aim to ensure the government-funded EV charging network “is user-friendly, reliable, and accessible to all Americans, and interoperable between different charging companies with similar payment systems, pricing information, charging speeds, and more.”
The Federal Highway Administration also proposed new rules to ensure EV owners could use charging stations around the country, as they would have “similar payment systems, pricing information and charging speeds.”
“Everybody should be able to find a working charging station when and where they need it without worrying about paying more or getting worse service because of where they live,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
According to the proposed rules, EV chargers would need to be working 97 percent of the time and set data standards that third-party apps can provide real-time charging status information.
They also aim to establish certification standards for workers installing, operating, and maintaining EV chargers.