Electric infrastructure is changing the future of travel by land and air.

The first all-electric passenger plane took off in September 2022 from Washington’s Grant County International Airport, introducing electric aviation to the commercial industry. The Alice aircraft, manufactured by Eviation Aircraft, can hold passengers or cargo and typically operates flights from 150 to 250 miles on two Magni650 electric propulsion units, with no carbon emissions.

In January, Mercedes-Benz announced its plan to install 2,500 electric vehicle chargers across the United States by 2027. Distributed across 400 stations, the chargers will operate with multiple manufacturers while prioritizing Mercedes-Benz customers. The move indicates the brand’s intention to expand into EVs in the future.

The United States Department of Transportation announced that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will have access to $1.5 billion to build electric vehicle (EV) chargers across a total of 75,000 miles of highway. The move is one step of the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Law, whose goal is to build a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers across the nation, according to the White House.

A white electric car charger that reads "Loop" with green shrubs behind it.
Loop

Loop is meeting the growing demand for EV charging infrastructure with affordable charging products for home, work, and commercial locations, and is already being adopted by various retail, hospitality, and multitenant businesses. The brand is also selling high-speed current chargers to compete with supercharger brands such as Tesla, ChargePoint and EVgo. “At Loop, we believe the transition to clean electric vehicles will only move as quickly as the EV charging infrastructure that is there to support it,” Dustin Cavanaugh, cofounder and CEO of Loop, told TechCrunch.

As electric travel continues to gain popularity, brands and cities are building out the infrastructure to support it—offering a glimpse into the future of urban design.

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