The North American electric vehicle market is growing faster than ever and with Tesla’s newest announcement, it’s only going to be bigger! Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, announced on Twitter that they will open its network to other EV brands later this year.
Tesla currently owns 25,000 superchargers globally. While it is a surprising move by Tesla, many speculate Musk made the announcement after the US Senate announced its $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Bill in June 2021. According to the bill, the federal government has allocated $7.5 billion to the electric vehicle infrastructure.
First launch will be in the US, followed by other markets
Two important standards that these supercharging stations must have include “to serve vehicles produced by more than one vehicle manufacturer” and “a charging connector type or means to transmit electricity to vehicles that meets applicable industry accepted practices and safety standards”.
Musk went on to explain that non-Tesla users will have to download an app through which they’ll be able to charge their vehicles.
While we have to wait longer than our friends south of the border, this is great news for the Canadian EV owners too. Traveling long distances will be easier and the waiting times will get shorter while traveling across the border and cross country eventually!
To be eligible for the funding, Tesla will first open its network in the US. This will allow other EV users access and also encourage more people to buy electric vehicles.
Here’s the complete section on Charging Stations in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill:
SEC. 1211. ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS.
(a) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.—Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 154 the following new section:
“§ 155. Electric vehicle charging stations
“(a) In General.—Any electric vehicle charging infrastructure funded under this title shall be subject to the requirements of this section.
“(b) Interoperability.—An electric vehicle charging station funded under this title shall—
“(1) provide a charging connector type or means to transmit electricity to vehicles that meets applicable industry accepted practices and safety standards; and
“(2) have the ability to serve vehicles produced by more than one vehicle manufacturer.
“(c) Open Access To Payment.—Electric vehicle charging stations shall provide payment methods available to all members of the public to ensure secure, convenient, and equal access and shall not be limited by membership to a particular payment provider.
“(d) Network Capability.—An electric vehicle charging station funded under this title shall be capable of being remotely monitored.
“(e) Standards And Guidance.—Not less than 180 days after enactment of the INVEST in America Act, the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Secretary of Energy and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, shall, as appropriate, develop standards and guidance applicable to any electric vehicle charging station funded in whole or in part under this title related to—
“(1) the installation, operation, or maintenance by qualified technicians of electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
“(2) the interoperability of electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
“(3) any traffic control device or on-premises sign acquired, installed, or operated related to an electric vehicle charging station funded under this title; and
“(4) network connectivity of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including measures to protect personal privacy and ensure cybersecurity.
“(f) Wage Requirements.—Section 113 shall apply to any project for electric vehicle charging infrastructure funded under this title.”.
(b) Clerical Amendment.—The analysis for chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 154 the following new item:
“155. Electric vehicle charging stations.”.
(c) Electric Vehicle Charging Signage.—The Secretary of Transportation shall update the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to—
(1) ensure uniformity in providing road users direction to electric charging stations that are open to the public; and
(2) allow the use of a comprehensive system of signs for electric vehicle charging providers to help drivers identify the type of charging and connector types available at the location.
(d) Agreements Relating To The Use And Access Of Rights-Of-Way Of The Interstate System.—Section 111 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(f) Interstate System Rights-Of-Way.—
“(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding subsection (a) or (b) and sections 137 and 142, the Secretary shall permit, consistent with section 155, limited commercial activities for the charging of electric vehicles on rights-of-way of the Interstate System, including in—
“(A) a rest area; or
“(B) a fringe or corridor parking facility, including a park and ride facility.
“(2) SAVINGS CLAUSE.—Nothing in this subsection shall permit commercial activities on rights-of-way of the Interstate System, except as necessary for the charging of electric vehicles in accordance with this subsection.”
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