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Buttigieg defends Biden’s EV strategy after question on how only 8 federal charging stations have been built

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said The Biden administration It will push for the construction of 500,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along U.S. highways by 2030, after questions were raised about only eight being built since President Biden signed the bill two years ago.

Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Buttigieg tried to dispel any doubts that Biden would achieve his goal. 500,000 chargers By the end of the decade, when asked why it hadn’t happened sooner;

“Building a charger takes more than just sticking a little device in the ground,” the secretary said. “It also requires public works, and this is a whole new area of ​​federal investment. But we’ve been working with all 50 states.”

“But seven or eight?” host Margaret Brennan said with a laugh.

“We will have 500,000 chargers by 2030,” Buttigieg claimed, “and the first few chargers have already begun to be physically built.”

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Buttigieg said Biden is committed to ensuring the EV revolution is American-led. (Taylor Glasscock/Bloomberg/via Getty Images)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the massive infrastructure package Biden signed into law in 2021, allocates $7.5 billion for EV charging programs, and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 expands tax credits for installing EVs and chargers.

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Biden’s goal is to build 500,000 charging stations along U.S. highways by 2030. (Patrick T. Fallon/File/AFP via Getty Images)

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Only eight have been built so far since Biden signed the bill. Reported by Autoweek magazine.

Buttigieg argued that the EV revolution will happen with or without us, while Biden said the EV revolution will be led by the US. Competitors like China.

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He said charging stations are just one part of helping Americans transition from gasoline-powered to electric vehicles — the other is lowering the cost of electric cars for consumers.

Fox News Digital’s Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.