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Capito: Infrastructure bill will include electric-powered vehicles

PARKERSBURG — The next national transportation bill will address the infrastructure for electric-powered vehicles, a senator from West Virginia said Tuesday.

More companies are going to produce such cars and trucks and ultimately move away from internal combustion, according to U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., during a visit to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Capito is a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee where transportation and infrastructure bills and issues are addressed.

Companies, including General Motors and Ford, have committed to electric-powered fleets. GM plans 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 and Ford’s European division will be totally electric by 2030.

For example, electric vehicles will require charging stations, she said.

“We should have the infrastructure that meets that demand,” Capito said.

Advances also have to be made in vehicle technology and that can open new opportunities for businesses, Capito said.

The Senate is on Easter break and Capito said she was taking advantage by traveling around the state.

On Tuesday, she was in Parkersburg speaking to city officials including Mayor Tom Joyce and in Paden City where she discussed water quality issues with representatives at the treatment plant. Among Joyce’s worries was the impact on downtown businesses of federal employees who are remote working and remote working by businesses, Capito said.

“That’s the worry of every mayor who has downtown office space,” she said.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

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