- Tesla has agreed to make 7,500 of its charging stations accessible to EVs from other companies in exchange for federal funding.
- This is part of the US government’s goal of making 500,000 chargers available across the country for EV owners.
- Other companies like GM, Ford, ChargePoint, and EVGo are also designing charging stations to support the increase of electric vehicles in the US.
Tesla is making about 7,500 charging stations accessible to EVs from other companies in exchange for federal funding. The car maker stands to reap benefits if the US government finds that its charging stations meets the required standard.
In a report on Wednesday, CNBC claimed that Tesla is not alone in the race for the federal benefits as GM, Ford, ChargePoint, EVGo, and others are also designing charging stations to support the increase of electric vehicles in the country.
One of the major problems that have prevented EVs from becoming mainstream is lack of access to enough charging stations, unlike gas filling stations. To get rid of this problem, the Joe Biden administration has set a goal of making 500,000 chargers available across the US for EV owners.
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While the government cannot build all the necessary stations by itself, it is incentivising companies already doing such work to make it available to other car brands as well.
Tesla, a leader in the EV industry, has promised to make 7,500 of its chargers available by the end of 2024 including 3,500 of its 250-kilowatt Superchargers.
On Tuesday, White House infrastructure chief Mitch Landrieu said that the Tesla boss Elon Musk was open to the idea of opening up charging infrastructure to other car brands.
However, the problem of charging stations being reliant on the power grid still remains as it means that they still draw from fossil fuel generators. The government does not say how it plans to address this particular issue.
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