The automotive industry and local governments are navigating supply chain constraints while they electrify their fleets as Wisconsin prepares to build a network of charging stations statewide.

In August, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation submitted its plan to the federal government for placing around 60 charging stations within 50 miles of designated highways known as alternative fuel corridors. Under the state’s plan, around 1,900 miles in the state would be covered by the network of charging stations.

“If we can get to these 60 project locations, 85 percent of all state highway miles in the state of Wisconsin will be within 25 miles of a fast charger,” said Kaleb Vander Wiele, the DOT’s transportation electrification project manager, during a virtual roundtable discussion Tuesday hosted by Wisconsin Clean Cities. “Even if you’re in rural Wood County or you are in Sawyer County or you’re in Menominee County, in those locations, technically, you’ll still be within 25 miles of a fast charger.”

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