Biden administration retains EV sector conference with Musk, Barra

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – The Biden administration said senior officials held a meeting Wednesday with big automotive leaders including Tesla (TSLA.O) Chief Govt Elon Musk and Typical Motors (GM.N) Main Government Mary Barra to talk about electric powered motor vehicles and charging.

The administration stated in a assertion “there was wide consensus that charging stations and autos need to be interoperable and present a seamless person expertise, no make any difference what automobile you travel or where by you charge your EV.”

Musk has generally been at odds with the White Dwelling, regularly firing off severe tweets directed at President Joe Biden. In February, Biden publicly acknowledged the position of Tesla in U.S. electrical motor vehicle producing, immediately after Musk regularly complained about currently being overlooked.

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Congress previous 12 months accepted $7.5 billion in federal government funding for EV charging stations, but legislation has stalled for new tax incentives to acquire and create EVs.

Ford Motor (F.N) Chief Executive Jim Farley, Chrysler-father or mother Stellantis (STLA.MI) CEO Carlos Tavares, Lucid (LCID.O) CEO Peter Rawlinson and Nissan Americas (7201.T) chair Jeremie Papin have been among other vehicle leaders who took section in Wednesday’s conference, which discussed U.S. funding to “build a nationwide network of 500,000 chargers.”

Also attending were being Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Electricity Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Countrywide Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.

Executives from Hyundai Motor The united states (005380.KS), Subaru of The us (9778.T), Mazda North America, Toyota Motor North The usa Mercedes-Benz United states (MBGn.DE) and Kia Motors America (000270.KS) also took part.

Very last week, automakers backed the Environmental Defense Agency’s (EPA) new more durable car or truck emissions regulations in a court obstacle introduced by some states and ethanol teams.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, representing virtually all big automakers, said the EPA rule “will problem the business” but it wishes to make certain “important regulatory provisions supporting electrical car technology are taken care of.”

Corn growers, a Valero Strength (VLO.N) subsidiary and other ethanol producers reported the new EPA policies revising emission prerequisites via 2026 “properly mandate the output and sale of electrical vehicles relatively than cars and trucks run by interior combustion engines.”

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Bradley Perrett

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