A Tesla car charges at the supercharger location in Hawthorne, California. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Tesla agreed to be part of his extensive charging network available to drivers of other brands, the White House announced Wednesday.
Driving the news: The company will make at least 7,500 chargers available nationwide by the end of next year, according to a White House summary.
- At least 3,500 new and existing free access charging stations will be installed on motorway corridors to “extend freedom of movement to all electric vehicles”.
- Others will be in places like “hotels and restaurants in urban and rural areas.”
Why is it important: The decision of the country’s main electric vehicle player will help the expansion which remains limited national access to public charging.
- Driver confidence in charging is important to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, which still represent a small but growing share of sales.
The plot: Tesla’s deal follows “intense lobbying by the Biden administration”, reports the Washington Post.
- “The upgrades will allow Tesla to qualify for federal dollars” as part of the administration’s plans to help the country have a nationwide network of 500,000 chargers by 2030, for Politician.
Enlarge: Chargers that Tesla will open to other brands include boost stations near highways and other locations such as hotels and restaurants.
- The company 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 announcements from the White House about efforts to increase the load.
- They include the Department of Transportation’s final standards for chargers built using billions of federal dollars made available under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
Go further: The electric car revolution relies on fair and affordable charging
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Please check for updates.