Biden Built an EV Charging Station—Which People Aren’t Using

(NationalUSNews.com) — Biden’s administration was enthusiastic about their first electric vehicle charging station funded by taxpayers, calling it a success of “Bidenomics delivering for Americans.” But shortly after its grand opening, the station was largely deserted.

Situated in London, Ohio, the inaugural station arrived two years after allocating $7.5 billion for nationwide electric vehicle chargers. Despite being surrounded by attractions like Arby’s, Cinnabon, and trucker merchandise, the station remained empty during a visit by Inside Climate News on a Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Biden’s administration has focused on a “clean energy economy,” particularly promoting blue-collar electric vehicle manufacturing jobs. With the aim of building a national network of EV chargers, the administration allocated $7.5 billion in taxpayer funds through the bipartisan infrastructure law in 2021. However, until recently, not a single charger had been installed, despite directing $2 billion to states for station construction.

The enthusiasm for electric vehicles hasn’t matched expectations. Ford, for instance, reduced production of its electric truck due to poor demand. Although Ford aimed to produce 3,200 F-150 Lightnings weekly by 2024, it scaled back to just 1,600, citing changing market demands. Approximately 98 percent of Ford’s 2022 F-Series truck sales were gas-powered.

While the White House touted the growing U.S. consumer market for EVs in an economic report, an Associated Press poll showed only 19 percent of Americans were “very” or “extremely” likely to buy an electric vehicle when purchasing a new car.

Additionally, the transition to electric vehicles has been contested by the auto industry. It’s argued that this move might reduce job opportunities, contradicting Biden’s claims of job creation.

Despite the push for electric vehicles, many challenges remain, including standardizing plug types, charging speeds, and payment systems at public charging stations. These hurdles are slowing the process of building a national charging network funded by Biden’s infrastructure law. As the nation moves toward electrification, planning and overcoming range anxiety remain crucial factors.

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