Tesla will open charging network to other EVs
Tesla has agreed to make part of its extensive charging network available to drivers of other brands, the White House said Wednesday.
Driving the news: The company will make at least 7,500 chargers nationwide available by the end of next year, per a White House summary.
- At least 3,500 new and existing open-access chargers will be on highway corridors to "expand freedom of travel for all EVs."
- Others will be slower "Level 2" chargers at spots like "hotels and restaurants in urban and rural locations."
Why it matters: The move by the country's dominant EV player will help expand what remains limited national access to public charging.
- Drivers' confidence they can find charging is important for speeding up the transition to EVs, which remain a small but growing share of sales.
The intrigue: Tesla's agreement follows "intense lobbying from the Biden administration," the Washington Post reports.
- "The upgrades will allow Tesla to qualify for federal dollars" under the administration’s plans to help the country have a national network of 500,000 chargers by 2030, per Politico.
Zoom in: The company currently operates nearly 17,000 chargers across the country, according to S&P Mobility.
- The company also will more than double its network of superchargers, which are manufactured in Buffalo, New York.
Catch up fast: The news came in a wider set of White House announcements about efforts to boost charging.
- They include final Transportation Department standards for chargers built using billions of federal dollars made available under the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.