The White House recently held a virtual meeting with representatives of most of the major automakers to discuss electric vehicles and charging. According to Reuters, senior Biden administration officials and automotive leaders agreed on the importance of interoperability for charging infrastructure.
“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,” said the administration.
Attendees included the CEOs of all the major US automakers—GM, Ford, Stellantis, Tesla and Lucid—as well as executives from Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Mazda, Toyota and Mercedes. Each exec was allotted about 90 seconds to talk about their EV plans. They spoke about a wide range of issues, including battery supply chain concerns.
Also in attendance were Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.
Granholm called the meeting “very productive,” and added, “As we roll out EVs and charging infrastructure the CEOs were very forthcoming about government’s role as a partner in electrifying the transportation sector.”