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State's electric vehicle charging plan gets green light from feds

A vehicle charging station is seen in the parking lot of the Lordstown Motors vehicle body facility.
Carter Eugene Adams for NPR
A vehicle charging station is seen in the parking lot of the Lordstown Motors vehicle body facility.

Georgia’s plan for rolling out a network of electric vehicle charging stations has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

That plan names several highway corridors in the state including U.S. 441 which runs through the greater Athens area, plus every interstate highway in Georgia. Approval of the state’s plan will position Georgia to receive about $130 million in federal funds to build fast-charging stations that comply with federal guidelines.

Currently, most EV owners in Georgia charge their vehicles at home, a slower process typically carried out overnight.

Each charging station in the state's plan must have at least four ports that can simultaneously charge at 150 kilowatts. There must be at least one station every 50 miles along the corridors, less than one mile off the exit, and they must be accessible to the public 24 hours a day.