Tesla, the largest player in the electric car industry, is opening some of its charging stations to all US electric vehicles for the first time.
Under the new plan, at least 7,500 Tesla Supercharger and Destination Charger charging points networks will be made available for non-Tesla EVs by the end of 2024. This move has the potential to revolutionize the promotion of electric vehicle use, which is an important part of President Joe Biden’s goal to fight climate change, and open it up to the largest and most reliable charging network could be a game-changer.
“As President Biden said, the great American road trip will be electrified,” said Mitch Landrieu, a White House aide overseeing implementation of the 2021 infrastructure bill signed by Biden.
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New EV standards
The White House on Wednesday unveiled a series of new initiatives to make electric vehicle charging networks more accessible and reliable for Americans, especially those who travel long distances. These initiatives include the introduction of new standards that ensure that everyone can use a charging network, regardless of their vehicle or location.
Tesla, General Motors, Pilot, Hertz, EVgo and several other companies have pledged to expand the number of public charging ports by the thousands over the next two years. This expansion will be funded by private funds and federal spending from the infrastructure bill, bringing the country closer to meeting Biden’s electric vehicle charging goals.
Tesla plans to install charging stations in public places such as hotels and restaurants, which will be accessible to all EV drivers using the Tesla app or website. In addition, Tesla has plans to expand its network of Superchargers nationwide by 2030.
The implementation of standards not only ensures the effectiveness of the substantial investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, but also promotes the creation of well-paid employment and ensures that EV chargers are maintained to a high standard through the enforcement of strict personnel standards, such as the Electric vehicle infrastructure training program (EVITP) and Registered Apprenticeships. As part of the White House Talent Pipeline Challenge, the International Brotherhood of Electricians (IBEW) has already certified 20,000 electricians through the EVITP program.
Part of the new Infrastructure Act
These measures will help the US meet the Biden administration’s ambitious goals to address the climate emergency, including building a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers on US highways and ensuring that electric vehicles are at least at least 50% of new vehicle sales. In addition, they will promote an industrial strategy to advance the electric vehicle and household charging sector.
Aside from investing about $7 billion in EV battery components, critical minerals and materials, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $10 billion for sustainable transportation and $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging.
Along with several other federal initiatives aimed at supporting domestic manufacturing and establishing a nationwide network of EV charging stations, these flagship programs substantially complement the Inflation Reduction Act’s support for advanced batteries, new and expanded tax credits for EV purchases, and financing for the roll-out of charging infrastructure.