Plugging in at the pump: The striking new trend for electric vehicles

By David Ferris | 04/04/2024 06:44 AM EDT

An exclusive data analysis for E&E News shows that infrastructure law money may be boosting traditional sellers of fossil fuels.

Photo collage of a truck at a gas pump on one side and EV car at a charging station on the other with money raining down between them

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This story was updated at 9:18 a.m. EDT.

When Americans steer their electric vehicles off the highway and into shiny new charging stations — many paid for with federal tax dollars — they’re likely to find them in a curiously familiar place: the gas station.

More than half of the charging stations being built so far from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law are rising at truck stops and gasoline stations, according to data exclusively provided to E&E News by EVAdoption, an EV data consultancy. In essence, the law’s $7.5 billion pot for charging is reinforcing the very fossil-fuel infrastructure that the EV era would seem to consign to oblivion.


That raises the prospect that money intended to cut emissions could throw a lifeline to companies that traditionally have raised them. Even so, many experts say the two industries are a natural fit.