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Liam Denning

U.S. Has a Blueprint to Electrify Its Country Roads

The government pushed to bring power to rural America in the mid-20th century. It can make a similar choice for electric vehicles.

This doesn’t have to remain an urban phenomenon.

This doesn’t have to remain an urban phenomenon.

Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It would be a brave soul indeed who shows up at the farm for a day’s work in a Tesla Cybertruck. Besides the shattering blow to credibility, how would one charge it?

A big topic at a recent hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on electric vehicles was the risk of becoming stranded in some bucolic byway for want of a plug. It’s a valid concern, albeit one with a touch of deja vu about it that should guide the solution.