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Energy, Transportation Departments Propose EV Charging Standards

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June 13, 2022—A new proposal from the U.S. Energy and Transportation departments seeks to standardize how people use and pay for EV charging.

According to a report from CNN, the new rule would require every public EV charger that receives federal money to be interoperable and open to anyone, much like a modern gas station. Stations built would also have "a common standard for payment and other technologies."

"To support the transition to electric vehicles, we must build a national charging network that makes finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said

The initiative is part of a larger plan from President Joe Biden to make electric vehicles more practical and enticing to the larger American public.

If the rule is finalized, it will apply chargers built with funds used from last November's infrastructure law.

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