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Reliable electric-vehicle chargers aren’t always a given. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded about $150 million this week for charger repairs and replacements to help assuage the problem.

The grants are in addition to $600 million the administration awarded earlier this month to add new chargers and other alternative-fueling stations in 22 states and Puerto Rico that include hydrogen-filling pumps.

This week's grants went toward projects in 20 states that will improve about 4,500 chargers, the department said in a press release.

“These grants bring us another step closer to a national EV charging network that keeps up with the EV transition that’s well underway,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Inadequate public EV chargers are consistently cited by consumers as a top reason for sticking with gas-powered vehicles and part of why adoption hasn’t taken off as much as some automakers had planned for.

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