In a press conference this afternoon, freshmen Representatives Andy Levin of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York announced their new bill, the EV Freedom Act. If passed, the law would finance a national system network of electric car chargers along the interstate highway system within five years.
As of March 2019, there are 1.18 million EVs (electric vehicles) in the United States, currently totaling over 2% of the motor vehicle market share in the country. The most popular state for EVs is California. With only 12% of the population, the Golden state represents half of all electric car purchases in the United States. The local market share is closer to 8%. Levin and Ocasio-Cortez argue that the lack of EV friendly infrastructure prevents the market from expanding, due to the “range anxiety” that comes from long distance driving.
“President Dwight D. Eisenhower once implemented a radical idea. A national system of highways that brought this country together. Today that highway system affords every American the freedom to drive from any point in our country to any other,” said Rep. Levin in a launch video released today. Eisenhower, a moderate Republican, oversaw the initial implantation of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which at the time was the largest public works project in American history.