Bloomberg Law
Feb. 10, 2022, 10:26 PM

Biden’s $5 Billion EV Charger Plan Skips Interstate Rest Stops

Lillianna Byington
Lillianna Byington

Some drivers of electric cars may be disappointed to learn they will have exit the highway if they rely on the Biden administration’s $5 billion for chargers. That’s because federal law limits commerce at interstate rest stops to vending machines, lottery tickets, and tourism promotion.

Officials announced plans Thursday to use money from the recent infrastructure law (Public Law 117-58) to build out a national network of electric car chargers, largely along interstate highways, in order to accelerate adoption of the vehicles. But the infrastructure law didn’t change a 1956 restriction on commercial activity at rest stops. It’s ...

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