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USDOT Starts Planning EV Charging Framework

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Dec. 3, 2021—The U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this week began the process of creating a national network of EV charging stations.

According to a news release from the Automotive Service Association, USDOT posted a request for comment seeking "best practices to develop guidance for the electric vehicle charging station programs." More specifically, the Federal Highway Administration is seeking help developing a plan to promote charging equity in rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and other places where EV chargers may not be as feasible.

"As the automotive industry moves towards an increasingly electric future, it will be important for independent automotive repair shops to be prepared for this shift," the ASA said in a release. "The development of a national network of electric vehicle charging stations will present both a challenge and an opportunity for our industry."

The plan for a national charging framework is a requirement of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that was passed earlier this year. 

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