ChargePoint and Natso have announced a partnership to create a National Highway Charging Collaborative to extend EV charging across the country. Over the next decade, the Collaborative will leverage $1 billion in capital to deploy charging at more than 4,000 travel plazas and fuel stops that serve highway travelers and rural communities.
“We are embarking on a major shift in transportation, with electrification poised to fundamentally transform mobility," said Pasquale Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. "Collaborations like this are vital for the rapid expansion of charging around the country and will ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of the EV revolution.".
The partners said the project will link motorists to a growing charging network in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, enabling long distance electric travel along major routes and providing access to charging in rural communities.
“Range anxiety continues to rank as one of the biggest concerns among consumers who are considering purchasing an electric vehicle," said Natso President and CEO Lisa Mullings. "The MOU will help to establish public-private partnerships at off-highway fuel retailers across the nation, which will help to mitigate range anxiety and expand the Interstate network of charging facilities under the current program."
As part of the partnership, the organizations agreed that the National Highway Charging Collaborative will, by 2030:
- Deploy charging infrastructure at 4,000 travel centers and fuel stops, leveraging $1 billion in capital.
- Provide charging infrastructure at fueling locations across the United States with a focus on connecting rural communities.
- Expand availability of charging infrastructure and connect existing Federal Highway Administration-designated FAST Act corridors.
- Work together to achieve policy outcomes to support each of these objectives.
The partners will identify public and private funding sources that may be available to support the expansion of EV charging at strategically determined locations, including Volkswagen Settlement Appendix D Funds and other dedicated resources available to Natso members.