Even though human beings are, by far, the smartest species our world has ever seen, we are very much prone to making mistakes. Now, you can argue that mistakes actually do a lot in fuelling our growth over time, and it would actually be a fair argument too, but we can’t forget how some of these mistakes can also go on to cause irreparable damage. The latter fact, in particular, has popped up on the surface far too many times, therefore forcing us to look for a foolproof answer. To the world’s credit, we’ll find exactly what was needed once we bring dedicated regulatory bodies into the fold. Having a well-defined authority across each and every area was a game-changer, as it instantly made the whole dynamic a lot safer than ever before. Unfortunately, it was all quite short-lived, and we get to say this only because of technology. You see, technology and its layered nature would shift the tide by giving individual with unscrupulous motives a fair shot at benefitting from other people’s lapses. The stated reality naturally ended up triggering a huge sense of unrest throughout the spectrum, but if we take a second to assess some recent events, we can see the regulatory community finally getting back into the game. In fact, one recent announcement from the Biden administration proves that big time.
The Biden administration has formally revealed a set of new standards, which are all focused upon accelerating the EV adaptation. According to certain reports, the new standards make a push for the said objective by significantly increasing the footprint of EV charging stations across the country. Talk about how they’ll manage it, the newly-introduced framework calls for the EV charging stations to be built every 50 miles along major highways, and notably enough, not more than 1 mile off those corridors. Next up, they require companies to deliver all the relevant information regarding charging stations in real-time. This includes providing the driver with a timely heads up in case a charging is fully-occupied or happens to be broken. Beyond that, these companies are explicitly asked to build four 150kW DC fast charging ports per station at the very least, therefore ensuring that any inadequacy around here doesn’t get in the way of a long journey.
Another interesting detail about this entire push is how the government has strictly banned all the companies, which are receiving federal funding, from shutting drivers out of charging stations on the basis of whether they sign up for a membership or not.
“Everyone should be able to find a working charging station when and where they need it, without worrying about paying more or getting worse service because of where they live,” said Pete Buttigieg, transportation secretary.“You shouldn’t have to sort through half-a-dozen apps on your phone just to be able to pay at a charging station. And no matter where you live or where you’re headed, everyone should be able to count on fast charging, fair pricing, and easy-to-use payment for their EVs.”