Hike service

Fuel retailers are calling on the federal government to encourage existing gas stations to integrate electric vehicle charging stations

Logo provided.

Trade groups representing truck stops, travel centers and convenience stores are urging the Department of Transportation to encourage existing refueling points across the country to integrate electric vehicle charging into their refueling options when implementing the refueling program. grants from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula.

NATSO, representing truck stops and travel centers, along with SIGMA: America’s Leading Fuel Marketers and the National Association of Convenience Stores, want the federal grant program to support policies that impact electric vehicle fast chargers, according to a press release.

If federal investments are made without any effort to drive policy and market reform, or with unnecessary strings attached, the groups believe the NEVI grant program will result in the placement of charging stations in undesirable locations, limiting the interest of consumers for the purchase of electric vehicles and minimizing private companies. desire to invest in charging stations.

Fuel retailers want DOT to do the following:

  • Rather than forcing states to meet an arbitrary 50-mile requirement when that is not possible, DOT should ensure that states can administer the program according to their specific needs, especially in rural states, by working with the private sector as required by law.
  • Prevent regulated utilities from imposing exorbitant rate increases on their monthly customers to secure the investments in NEVI-funded charging stations that the private sector is willing to make.
  • Encourage states to allow EV charging station operators to sell electricity to EV drivers without being regulated as a utility. In many states, utilities are resisting efforts by would-be charging station operators to generate their own electricity to power their charging stations. This opposition reflects an effort by regulated utilities to undermine the case for private investment in charging stations and inhibits the penetration of electric vehicles.