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Biden administration holds EV industry meeting with Musk, Barra


Elon Musk is the founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors. He spoke during a media tour at the Tesla Gigafactory which produces batteries for the electric vehiclemaker in Sparks (Nevada).

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According to the Biden administration, senior officers met Wednesday with top automotive executives. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra to discuss electric vehicles and charging.

According to the Administration, there is broad agreement that all charging stations should be interoperable.

Musk often has been in conflict with the White House and regularly tweets abuse at President Joe Biden. After Musk’s repeated complaints about being ignored, Biden acknowledged Tesla’s role in U.S.-based electric vehicle manufacturing.

Congress approved funding of $7.5 billion last year for EV charging stations. However, legislation for tax incentives has stalled to allow for the purchase or construction of EVs.

Ford Motor Chief Executive Jim Farley, Chrysler-parent Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson and Nissan Americas chair Jeremie Papin were among other auto leaders who took part in Wednesday’s meeting, which discussed U.S. funding to “create a national network of 500,000 chargers.”

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm were also present, as well as Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, and Mitch Landrieu, Infrastructure Coordinator.

From Executives Hyundai Motor America, Subaru of America, Mazda North America, Toyota Motor North America, Mercedes-Benz USA and Kia Motors America also took part.

Last week, automakers backed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new tougher vehicle emissions regulations in a court challenge brought by some statesAnd ethanol groups.

Alliance for Automotive Innovation represents nearly every major automaker and said that while the EPA rule will “challenge” the sector, it also wants to keep “critical regulatory provisions supporting the electric vehicle technology.”

Corn growers, a Valero Energy subsidiary and other ethanol producers said the new EPA rules revising emission requirements through 2026 “effectively mandate the production and sale of electric cars rather than cars powered by internal combustion engines.”