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Democrats lay out their plans electric vehicle charging stations

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Democrats are rolling out their plans for a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

The EV Freedom Act introduced this week calls for spending $15 Billion to build out 500-thousand new charging stations.

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sponsored the bill with Michigan Representative Andy Levin.

She says with automakers phasing out of cars that run on fossil fuels, people can’t rely on being able to plug their car in at home.

“In addition to this issue of range anxiety, a lot of people including myself, don't have houses to plug cars into,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez says charging stations need to be easy to find and everywhere like gas stations.

“It should be accessible at public parks," she said. "It should be accessible in public spaces because it should be treated as a public service and utility.”

Currently, there are just over 100-thousand charging outlets and 40-thousand charging stations in the US.