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Tesla to open (a portion of) its charging network to all EVs

The current electric vehicle plan in the US is to build a national network of 500,000 chargers and have EVs make up at least 50% of new car sales by 2030. (Here’s where we are today with adoption.) To this end, a big announcement was made today that included lots of public funding, a Made-in-America agenda, and lots of other goodies. But perhaps the two most important points are that (1) Tesla has, for the first time, agreed to open a portion of its charging network to non-Tesla EVs (so that it can gain access to the new $7.5 billion EV charging initiative) and (2) there is a requirement for all of the station connectors to use the “combined charging system” (CCS). I’m not a connector expert but, in my mind, this is both exciting and directionally right. To fully transition to electric vehicles, we need universality.

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