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12/16/2021

Power Companies Joining Forces to Build Coast-to-Coast EV Charging Network

The National Electric Highway Coalition hopes to facilitate EV growth.
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Electric vehicle charging sign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of more than 50 electric companies are coming together to provide a network of electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging ports along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023.

According to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Highway Coalition and the Midwest Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Collaboration merged to form the National Electric Highway Coalition. It comprises 51 investor-owned electric companies, one electric cooperative and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

"EEI and our member companies are leading the clean energy transformation, and electric transportation is key to reducing carbon emissions across our economy," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "With the formation of the National Electric Highway Coalition, we are committed to investing in and providing the charging infrastructure necessary to facilitate electric vehicle growth and to helping alleviate any remaining customer range anxiety."

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The National Electric Highway Coalition EV charging network

To date, EEI's member companies have invested more than $3 billion in customer programs and projects to deploy EV charging infrastructure and to accelerate electric transportation.

As EV sales continue to grow, EEI estimates that more than 100,000 EV fast charging ports will be needed to support the projected 22 million EVs that will be on U.S. roads in 2030.

"By merging and expanding the existing efforts underway to build fast charging infrastructure along major travel corridors, we are building a foundational EV charging network that will help to encourage more customers to purchase an electric vehicle," Kuhn said. "We owe a great deal of gratitude to the electric companies that created so much momentum at the regional level, paving the way for us to expand this effort nationally."