Politico — Morning Energy: House Ag Talks EV in Rural Areas

POLITICO, MATTHEW CHOI

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Members of the House Agriculture Committee discussed the feasibility of electric vehicle expansion specifically in rural areas during a hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers in both parties raised questions over availability, cost and practical use in remote areas with limited electric resources. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) expressed concerns over time periods when power is reduced in states like California to avoid wildfires and extreme heat.

“Electric vehicles won’t all charge at the same time,” responded Lincoln Wood, electrification policy manager at Southern Company, adding that there are similar issues with limited gas as folks look to evacuate areas in the South due to incoming hurricanes.

New legislation: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) introduced a bill Wednesday afternoon following the hearing to expand USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program to include electric vehicle supply equipment. Currently REAP can’t be used for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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