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What America’s epic electric vehicle charging system may look like

What America's epic electric vehicle charging system may look likeThere are some 111,000 gas stations in the United States. One particular station in Texas boasts 120 gas pumps. Those pumps are probably put to good use, because Americans today are gulping fuel like never before: In 2018, the U.S. burned through 147 billion gallons of gasoline — its highest amount ever.  This prodigious gas consumption has bad consequences for the planet's relentlessly warming climate, because the transportation sector is the leading contributor of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. To combat these emissions, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Congressman Andy Levin (both Democrats) introduced the politically ambitious Electric Vehicle (EV) Freedom Act last Thursday, which intends to create an unprecedented, nationwide system of powerful, fast-charging stations. The goal is to make charging an electric car as easy as filling up a tank of gas. Americans have been slow to adopt electric vehicles because of anxieties about how far cars can travel before running low on power. Electric vehicles only make up about 1.8 percent of cars purchased in the U.S. today. Read more... More about Science, Transportation, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, and Sustainability

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