Texas is planning to add enough electric vehicle charging stations Statewide to support 1 million electric vehicles!

Using $408 million in federal funds, The Texas Department of Transportation announced earlier this week that Texas plans to place charging stations for electric cars every 50 miles on most interstates. The plan is to build enough charging stations to support 1 million electric vehicles.

In a draft plan released this month, the Texas Department of Transportation broke down a five-year plan to create a network of chargers throughout the State, starting along main corridors and interstate highways before building stations in rural areas.

The plan is to have charging stations every 50 miles along most non-business interstate routes and in most other areas in the State, there will be charging stations within 70 miles. Each station is designed to have multiple stalls so there will likely be one available whenever someone stops to charge.

Gov. Greg Abbott stressed the importance of including rural areas in TxDOT’s plan in a March 22nd letter saying.....“Texas’ sheer volume of roadway miles leaves ample opportunity for EV charging deployment. The plan should ensure that every Texan can access the infrastructure they need to charge an EV,” Abbott wrote. “Additionally, I direct TxDOT and stakeholders to include in the plan a way for Texans to easily get from Beaumont to El Paso and Texline to Brownsville in an EV–with a focus on rural placement and connectivity.”

As you probably already know, San Angelo has an interstate that will eventually come through here but we won't see it for another 20 years so that cuts us out of the running for the interstate chargers for a while. However, according to TxDOT's public information officer Karen Threlkeld, they are looking at a number of towns for the new chargers in West Texas including: Brady, Eldorado, Sonora, Menard, and Mason.

At the present time, we have four locations around San Angelo that offer charging stations including Goodfellow Rec Camp, San Angelo KOA, Jim Bass Ford and Staybridge Suites. You can also find charging stations in some outlying areas like Ozona and Junction.

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