Florida will expand electric vehicle charging on major highways with funding from Volkswagen “Dieselgate” settlement.
Look around — not while you are driving, please — and you may notice how many electric cars are in traffic next to your fossil-fueled SUV.
They all need to get plugged in for one to 10 hours to get enough charge to handle a full day or two of commuting.
That means plugging in at home or at one of the dozens of public chargers in shopping centers, office parks and restaurants, as any EV owner knows by checking chargehub.com/en/charging-stations-map.html.
But now Gov. Ron DeSantis has a plan to expand the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure by adding fast-charge public stations at 23 sites along I-95, I-75, I-10 and in the Miami metro area. The $166 million in funding to do it is coming from Florida’s part of the “Dieselgate” settlement with Volkswagen over its illegally modified diesel cars.
“As electric cars become more prevalent on our roads and highways, the development of these charging stations is essential to the success of our ever-evolving transportation system,” DeSantis said. “The addition of these stations will encourage Floridians to buy more electric vehicles, improve air quality, assist during disaster evacuations and ensure that Florida is prepared as electric vehicle technology continues to advance.”
The Volkswagen settlement’s funding will help reduce diesel emissions in the state and expand the infrastructure for electric vehicles.
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