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General Motors and Bechtel, the country's largest construction company, are forming a new venture that will build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations around the country.

Why it matters: EVs account for just 1% of vehicle sales in the U.S., partly because consumers are concerned about whether there will be enough places to charge them.

  • Adding more fast-charging stations could boost EV sales, notes CNN, which was first to report the deal.
  • As seen in the chart above, the International Energy Agency's annual global look shows the numbers of EVs on the road are steadily growing.

Details: Many of the new fast chargers will be in densely populated urban areas, serving apartment dwellers, rather than along highways where most fast chargers are clustered today.

  • "The way we think about it, we want to put chargers where they're going to have the greatest influence on EV adoption wherever that may be," Mike Ableson, GM's VP of EV infrastructure and charging, told CNN. "I believe a lot of those are actually going to be in urban areas."

What to watch: Neither company plans to put money into the project, however, and it's not clear who's going to pay for the network, per CNN.

Go deeper: Billion-dollar bets on electric vehicles await payoff

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5 times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

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Race and technology in America

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.