After years of snubbing Elon Musk, Democrat President Joe Biden has finally swallowed his pride and given the Tesla CEO credit for opening up his electric automaker’s charging network.
Despite Tesla being the number one electric vehicle (EV) maker in the world, and the biggest car manufacturer by market cap, the Biden admin has repeatedly snubbed the company.
Biden and his allies have also taken repeated swipes at Musk.
However, Tesla owns the most advanced EV charging network in America and the Democrats are pushing for an all-electric future as part of the “green agenda.”
While car manufacturers push to meet the green agenda goals with electric vehicles, the charging infrastructure simply can’t keep up with the demand, or with Tesla’s superior network.
Previously, only Teslas could be charged on the Tesla network, but by opening it up, other EVs will also be able to charge using it.
In a post on Twitter, Biden’s handlers said: “With the help of @SecGranholm and @SecretaryPete, I laid out a goal of building a Made-in-America electric vehicle charging network of 500,000 chargers on highways and in communities by 2030.
“Today’s actions get us closer to finishing the job and winning the global EV market.
“In building our EV charging network, we have to ensure that as many chargers work for as many drivers as possible.
“To that end, Elon Musk will open a big part of Tesla’s network up to all drivers.
“That’s a big deal, and it’ll make a big difference.”
With the help of @SecGranholm and @SecretaryPete, I laid out a goal of building a Made-in-America electric vehicle charging network of 500,000 chargers on highways and in communities by 2030.
Today's actions get us closer to finishing the job and winning the global EV market. https://t.co/CUefRGAN6l
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 15, 2023
Musk said simply: “Thank you, Tesla is happy to support other EVs via our Supercharger network.”
Thank you, Tesla is happy to support other EVs via our Supercharger network
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2023
Biden also released a statement that said:
“The Biden-Harris Administration’s actions on EVs have spurred network operators to accelerate the buildout of coast-to-coast EV charging networks.
“Public dollars will supplement private investment by filling gaps, serving rural and hard-to-reach locations, and building capacity in communities.
“Announcements being spotlighted today will add more than 100,000 public chargers available for all EVs, and include:
“Tesla, for the first time, will open a portion of its U.S. Supercharger and Destination Charger network to non-Tesla EVs, making at least 7,500 chargers available for all EVs by the end of 2024.
“The open chargers will be distributed across the United States.
“They will include at least 3,500 new and existing 250 kW Superchargers along highway corridors to expand freedom of travel for all EVs, and Level 2 Destination Charging at locations like hotels and restaurants in urban and rural locations.
“All EV drivers will be able to access these stations using the Tesla app or website. Additionally, Tesla will more than double its full nationwide network of Superchargers, manufactured in Buffalo, New York.”
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