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INDIANAPOLIS—Five states are coming together to create an electric vehicle charging network across the Midwest.

The governors of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sept. 30, titled The Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, or “REV Midwest.”

In a statement, it was announced that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s main goals were to “enable the Midwest to lead on electric vehicle adoption, reduce carbon emissions, spur innovation and create good-paying jobs.”

Creating this system of vehicle charging networks is helpful for drivers worried about how far they can travel before needing to charge their battery. This worry is often called “range anxiety,” though many electric car aficionados have said this fear isn’t reputable.

Christian Wardlaw with J.D. Power, a data and analytics company, said in one of his articles that though range anxiety is real, “it’s not that big of a deal.” Wardlaw believes that people who are worried about range anxiety can purchase a hybrid vehicle, so if they aren’t near a charging station, they can instead get a tank of gas. However, every day more charging stations are popping up across the U.S..

Dave Roberts, the chief development officer for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, said the five-state agreement is a sign that Indiana understands what progress is being made within the mobility industry.

“The focus of this MOU was really to indicate that the upper Midwest is ready for that transition and wants to be and is ready to be involved in that national discussion,” said Roberts.

Roberts mentioned the importance of showing how all five states can work together, regardless of political affiliation. Holcomb is a Republican; the four other governors are Democrats.

“We’ve opened lines of communication and we’re going to continue to have those discussions on how we can collaborate,” Roberts said.

As far as helping Hoosiers, Roberts said that developing this MOU puts Indiana in a competitive landscape and presents Indiana as a leader in the industry, opening up the opportunity for future federal funding regarding infrastructure.

The Global EV Outlook 2021 Report, an annual publication that highlights advances in electric mobility, said that in 2020, the United States registered 295,000 new electric vehicles.

The report mentioned that this significant increase is largely due to the competition created, as well as the tax credit incentives. Within the United States, there are many incentives offered for new car buyers, and also for those installing electric car chargers. A more in-depth look at the incentives can be seen here.

Ashlyn Myers is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students

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