In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower laid out a bold vision that would revolutionize transportation in our nation—an interstate highway system that crisscrossed the country, speeding cars and trucks from city to city and everywhere in between as a way of connecting our growing nation. At the time, critics said it was too expensive and highway costs should be shouldered by the states. But the president's vision proved to be right and is now credited with creating jobs and spurring the post-war economic boon.
Sixty-two years later, it's time for a refresh—as our nation continued to grow, so too has its innovation. Now is the moment to modernize the interstate highway system so it can accommodate the latest technology and take advantage of new funding approaches. Our nation needs a coast to coast network of high-speed charging stations along our interstate highways. Best estimates suggest they should be spaced 70 miles apart, co-located at spots along the highway where we already stop for meals, snack and rest breaks.