The Biden administration said senior officials held a meeting Wednesday with major auto leaders, including Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and General Motors chief executive Mary Barra, to discuss electric vehicles and charging.
The administration said in a statement: “There was a broad consensus that charging stations and vehicles must be interoperable and offer a seamless user experience, regardless of what car you drive or where you charge your EV.”
Musk was often at odds with the White House and frequently fired off sharp tweets aimed at President Joe Biden.
In February, Biden publicly acknowledged Tesla’s role in manufacturing electric vehicles in the US after Musk repeatedly complained about being ignored.
Congress approved $7.5 billion in state funding for electric vehicle charging stations last year, but legislation on new tax incentives to buy and build electric vehicles has stalled.
Ford Motor Chief Executive Jim Farley, Chrysler parent Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, and Nissan Americas chairman Jeremie Papin were among other auto leaders who attended Wednesday’s meeting, where US funding to “build a national network of 500,000 chargers” was discussed.”
Also present were Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.
Executives from Hyundai Motor America, Subaru of America, Mazda North America, Toyota Motor North America, Mercedes-Benz USA and Kia Motors America also attended.
Last week, automakers backed the Environmental Protection Agency’s new, tougher vehicle emissions regulations in a court challenge brought by some states and ethanol groups.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents nearly all major automakers, said the EPA rule will “challenge the industry” but wants to ensure “critical regulatory provisions supporting electric vehicle technology are maintained.”
Corn growers, a subsidiary of Valero Energy, and other ethanol producers said new EPA rules revising emissions requirements by 2026 “effectively mandate the production and sale of electric cars instead of internal combustion engine cars.”
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