Governor Wants More Electric Car Charging Stations

Jul 24, 2019

In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018, photograph, a Nissan Leaf charges at a recharge station while parked by the Denver City/County Building in downtown Denver.
Credit David Zalubowski / AP Photo

Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans to expand the state’s infrastructure as it relates to electric vehicles. He announced the plan Wednesday at the Florida Turnpike Headquarters in Orlando.

DeSantis says he wants to mitigate hazardous air pollutants in areas where people live, work, and visit. He hopes more electric vehicle charging stations will encourage Floridians to buy more electric vehicles, improve air quality and ensure Florida is prepared for future technology.

Portions of the plan will be funded by the 2018 multi-state settlement with Volkswagen, where Florida was given $166 million. The automaker installed the software in its 2.0-liter diesel engine vehicles to disable emission controls under normal use and to turn on emission controls only when the vehicle was being tested.