Tesla and other EV companies have asked the federal government to invest in heavy-duty truck charging infrastructure

Tesla and other EV companies have asked the federal government to invest in heavy-duty truck charging infrastructure

Tesla, along with other electric car manufacturers and environmental organizations, has encouraged the Biden administration to invest in charging infrastructure for electric buses, trucks, and another medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

According to a letter sent this week to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the groups want the administration to allocate 10% of the money for electric vehicle charging in the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed last November — a pot that includes $7.5 billion — to infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

The majority of cars on the road are passenger vehicles. However, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles account for a disproportionate share of smog-causing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Electrifying that group of vehicles, then, might eliminate a larger portion of pollutants while also improving air quality and mitigating climate change. According to the letter, the United States requires a charging infrastructure to make this happen.

Already, the Biden administration has prioritized truck pollution: the Department of Transportation is subsidizing electric transit buses for state and local governments, and the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new regulation mandating new trucks to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% by 2031.

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