Post Offices Floated as Public Electric Vehicle Charging Sites

Finding a place to charge your electric vehicle on a road trip could be as easy as locating the nearest post office under a plan Democrats are pitching.

The idea aims to address concerns about establishing an equitable and efficient way to dole out billions of dollars toward a network of charging stations, lawmakers say. Members of Congress, the administration, and the U.S. Postal Service have all had discussions about the idea.

“If we make every post office a charging station, it’s a place where people know it’s located,” Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), who has been promoting the idea, said in an interview. “Say for instance you’re going down Route 66, anytime you get to a small town, if you need to refuel, you’ll just have to look up the post office and there it is.”


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And who will pay for these charging stations? Most Post Offices are ancient buildings that don’t support the infrastructure required for an EV station. Will the charging station charge for the electricity consumed?