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Elon Musk Met With Biden Administration to Talk EV Charging

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and several other auto industry CEOs including GM’s Mary Barra met with the Biden administration to discuss electric vehicle charging infrastructure. 

The meeting was hosted by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, with Ford CEO Jim Farley, and leaders of smaller EV startups like Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson also present. 

Electrek reports that the hottest topic was the government’s $7.5 billion investment in EV charging infrastructure. 

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According to a press release, “there was broad consensus that charging stations and vehicles need to be interoperable and provide a seamless user experience, no matter what car you drive or where you charge your EV.” As we previously reported, the program already made clear that automakers benefiting from the financing will need to build charging stations that can be used by electric vehicles from more than one automaker.

Last year, Tesla and Musk weren’t among the US automakers invited  to a White House meeting regarding electrification

Things got even worse when Biden issued a statement crediting GM for electrifying the entire auto industry, despite Tesla manufacturing 80% of EVs in the US.

This incident soured the relations between the Biden administration and the electrification pioneer. 

Luckily the tide changed when Biden acknowledged Tesla as America’s largest EV maker earlier this year.  

Last month, Tesla revealed its plans to unlock its Supercharger network to other electric vehicles, with a pilot program already underway in Europe. 

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.


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