Washington Watch: Tesla unlocks EV network. What’s next in push to make chargers ‘as easy as filling with gas’

by | Feb 18, 2023 | Stock Market

Biden administration efforts to guarantee at least 500,000 electric-vehicle chargers across the U.S. in coming years got a boost with White House confirmation that Tesla will make at least 7,500 of its chargers — long notoriously limited to its own cars — open to any EV by the end of 2024. Tesla
had to concede opening its network to qualify for federal incentives after the White House used 2021’s infrastructure law to push for more EV charging, including making charging open to any model of EV, as well as requiring uniform payment methods.

Biden has set a goal of at least 500,000 chargers, including a presence in all states, by at least 2030. He has said that’s an important step toward his goal of EVs comprising over half of new car sales by 2030. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had hinted at opening his SuperCharger network late last year, after he met with Biden officials. But a timeline was not clear. Tesla’s move will include at least 3,500 new and existing 250  kW Superchargers along highway corridors and so-called Level 2 Destination Charging at locations like hotels and restaurants in urban and rural locations. White House officials said there were efforts between the administration and Tesla charging executives to make sure charging would be compatible, but EV experts said adapters may be required. The rules update announced Wednesday made clear that all new chargers built with federal funds must support the Combined Charging System (CCS) plug standard. Currently, the CCS standard is used by most automakers other than Tesla. Read: Longtime Tesla bull Ross Gerber s …

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