With the Biden administration pushing for more widespread EV adoption and planning to convert the entire federal fleet to electric power in an effort to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the need for a more robust charging infrastructure has been thrust into the spotlight. A recently proposed EV charging action plan outlines how to get to that point, and both Ford CEO Jim Farley and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation – a lobby group that represents Ford and almost every other major automaker – have thrown their support behind these efforts in recent months. Now, Farley is among a number of executives pushing for EV charging standards and a massive expansion of the existing network, according to Reuters.
Jim Farley – along with General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, Nissan chair Jeremie Papin, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk – met with Biden administration officials this week to discuss both EVs and 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,” the White House said in a statement.
One of the main focuses of the meeting was to figure out how the U.S. can expand its national EV charging network to 500,000 chargers, a goal that will require a significant investment to achieve. The Biden administration is currently gathering information from domestic manufacturers as it ultimately decides which will build the charging network, with all manufacturing and assembly to take place in the U.S.
In the coming weeks, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will also issue guidance for states and cities on deploying EV charging stations to build out this national network, focusing on rural areas and other places where infrastructure is lacking.