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Feds share plan to create national electric semi freight corridors by 2040

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The White House recently released a plan to create national electric semi freight corridors by 2040.

On March 12, 2024, the Biden Administration released its National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy, which is designed to ensure commercial vehicle drivers have access to electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling along existing freight corridors.

The strategy is designed to guide public and private stakeholders in the investment, deployment, and planning of building new charging stations.

As part of the plan, the Federal Highway Administration (FAA) designated National EV Freight Corridors along the National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) and other key roadways. 

The four part plan to build the National EV Freight Corridors is as follows:

  • Establish priority hubs based on freight volumes (2024 — 2027)
  • Connect the hubs along critical freight corridors (2027 — 2030)
  • Expand corridor connections, initiating network development (2030 — 2035)
  • Achieve a national network by linking regional corridors for ubiquitous access (2035 — 2040)

Officials say that the National EV Freight Corridors will save U.S. consumers money by reducing fuel and maintenance costs for truckers while also “delivering significant health benefits for historically disadvantaged populations that suffer the worst impacts of pollution from freight emissions and helping achieve national climate goals.”

“For over a century, petroleum-fueled freight has transported vital food and resources to American families but at the same time, these vehicles have also contributed to lower public health, especially in densely populated communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Biden-Harris Administration is addressing this issue head-on with innovative strategies to transform freight so it not only supports American families and businesses, but also protects the environment for future generations.”

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