Tesla CEO Elon Musk was finally recognized by the Biden administration and, along with leaders from other automakers, met with senior White House officials. During the conversation, they discussed the national charging network and the development of electric vehicles in the US.
The Biden administration said that Wednesday, April 6, senior officials held a meeting with major automotive leaders, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Ford Motor Chief Executive Jim Farley, and others, to discuss electric vehicles and the charging network.
The administration said in a statement that "there was broad consensus that charging stations and vehicles need to be interoperable and provide a seamless user experience, no matter what car you drive or where you charge your EV." Tesla is the undisputed leader in the production of EVs and the deployment of a wide network of high-end charging stations. That is why, a look at the issue, as well as Musk's real experience, is extremely valuable for the US in achieving its goals.
Previously, the Biden administration ignored the existence of Tesla, attributing non-existent merits in the development of the field of electric vehicles to General Motors. It is this unfair treatment that has sparked outrage among Americans and consumers around the world. Community pressure led to Biden publicly acknowledging Tesla's important role in February 2022, and his administration taking steps to have a closer relationship with the manufacturer. In mid-March, US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visited Giga Texas, where Musk himself gave a tour of the factory during which they discussed several important issues.
Chrysler-parent Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, Nissan Americas chair Jeremie Papin, executives from Hyundai Motor America, Subaru of America, Mazda North America, Toyota Motor North America, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Kia Motors America were among others who took part in Wednesday's meeting. Also attending were Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.
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