The White House announced on Friday that federal subsidies would be available for charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) that use standard plugs that are compatible with Elon Musk’s Tesla models. However, they must also include the U.S. standard charging connection called CCS (Combined Charging System). Ford and General Motors recently adopted Tesla’s charging system, which will make Tesla Superchargers an industry standard.
The Biden administration has stated that it wants to ensure that all public-funded chargers, including Tesla Superchargers, are available to all EVs. It is not clear whether Tesla’s CCS adapter will satisfy the federal requirements. Tesla has been using CCS connectors and Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has hinted that Tesla chargers may only require CCS adapters in order to meet federal standards.
Musk tweeted on Friday that it would be ideal if Tesla chargers only needed CCS adapters in order to meet federal standards.
This is stupid. Force every charger to have an obsolete format? Why not just have adapters for CCS EVs? https://t.co/aHvHBze7Vg
— Farzad Mesbahi (@farzyness) June 9, 2023
This has caused concern for charging startups that are struggling. Stocks of EV charger companies such as ChargePoint, EVgo, and Blink Charging have experienced steep declines while Tesla’s share price has soared.
Musk and Mary Barra hosted a Twitter Spaces conversation on Thursday. Musk retweeted a GM article about the partnership between Tesla and GM, with a caption.
It was a pleasure to work with your team!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2023
The relationship between Musk and the White House hasn’t always been so warm.
A notable absence was noticed at the August 2021 EV Summit hosted by President Joe Biden. Tesla, a company known for its battery-powered EVs and its focus on them, was not present at the summit. The exclusion of Tesla was a surprise, given its significant contribution to the electric vehicle industry, and the fact that it has extensive manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S.
It’s odd that Tesla was not invited.
Will The White House Exclude Tesla, The Most American Made EV, From Its EV Event? https://t.co/loRazecbsp
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) August 5, 2021
Musk had no patience with the Biden administration when it came to America’s biggest EV manufacturer in early 2022.
The President tweeted a masked video with the caption:
When I said that the future would be made in America, I really meant it. GM and Ford have built more electric cars here in the United States than ever before.
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I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before. pic.twitter.com/5E3ecA93MR
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 27, 2022
Musk responded to the exclusion of Tesla from the President’s remarks on the EV Industry by tweeting that Biden was a “damp sock-puppet in human form.”
Biden is a damp 🧦 puppet in human form
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
Tesla owners and fans started a petition shortly after that attracted nearly 60,000 signatures, urging Biden to stop ignoring Tesla’s leadership in the industry. A second widely circulated petition criticized the exclusion by the Inflation Reduction Act of Tesla’s tax incentive structure.
Thanks to over 58,000 people that signed this petition, asking @POTUS to say the word Tesla, and acknowledge Tesla as the leader in EVs — @POTUS has finally done it @elonmusk he said TESLA ♥️ https://t.co/IjKbLokRR1 pic.twitter.com/JHflR3DRqK
— Gail Alfar (@GailAlfarATX) February 8, 2022
Biden will finally pronounce the name Tesla in early February 2022 after one year as president, recognizing the company’s leadership.
Musk later said:
It isn’t quite accurate to say that there is a rivalry. Biden has ignored Tesla in every way and lied to the public by claiming that GM is the leader of the electric vehicle industry. In fact, Tesla produced more than 300,000 vehicles and GM only produced 26.
Musk said that if invited to speak at the White House, he would not be embarrassed or cause for concern.
There is nothing to be worried about. I would do what is right.
Musk was again snubbed in March 2022 at the State of the Union Address.
Tesla has created more than 50,000 US jobs in the electric vehicle industry and is investing more money than GM + Ford together.
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Ford is investing $11B to build electric vehicles—creating 11,000 jobs across the country.
GM is making the largest investment in its history—$7B to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 2, 2022
Recent developments have highlighted the landscape of EVs, with Tesla’s market share and influence becoming more prominent, not just in terms of EV market shares, but also in terms of federal policy.