Times Standard (Eureka)

Tesla to make some EV chargers available to all

- By Matthew Daly

Electric car giant Tesla will, for the first time, make some of its charging stations available to all U.S. electric vehicles by the end of next year, under a new plan announced Wednesday by the White House.

The plan will make at least 7,500 chargers from Tesla’s Supercharg­er and Destinatio­n Charger network available to non-Tesla EVs by the end of 2024, the White House said.

The plan to open the nation’s largest and most reliable charging network to all drivers is a potential game-changer in promoting EV use, a key component of President Joe Biden’s pledge to fight climate change. Biden has set a goal that 50% of new U.S. car sales be electric by 2030, and he has promised to install 500,000 chargers across America and build a network of fast-charging stations across 53,000 miles of freeways from coast to coast.

“As President Biden said, the great American road trip will be electrifie­d,’ ‘ said Mitch Landrieu, a White House aide who oversees implementa­tion of the 2021 infrastruc­ture law signed by Biden.

Soon, charging an EV “will be as easy as filling up at a gas station,” Landrieu told reporters Tuesday ahead of the White House announceme­nt.

The plan to open up Tesla’s charging network was among a series of developmen­ts announced Wednesday by the White House, including new standards to make EV charging networks convenient and reliable for all Americans and made-in-America requiremen­ts for EV components.

“No matter what EV you drive, we want to make sure that you will be able to plug in, know the price you’re going to be paying and charge up in a predictabl­e, user-friendly experience,” Transporta­tion Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

Standards imposed by the Transporta­tion Department require that EV chargers funded through the infrastruc­ture law be built in the United States, effective immediatel­y. By July 2024, 55% of the cost of all components must come from the U.S.

Automakers warned before the rules were issued that imposing made-in-America requiremen­ts on EV components could harm EV growth.

Tesla has disbanded its media relations department, and the company did not respond to messages seeking comment.

By opening up its network, Tesla will be eligible to compete for federal grants to help create

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