Biden Administration Pushes for U.S.-Made EV Chargers

Feb. 16, 2023

The Biden administration has released its new rules for its national electric vehicle charger network, placing great emphasis on chargers and their components being produced in the United States.

Feb. 16, 2023–Final rules have been released from the Biden administration on its planned national electric vehicle charger network, which will require chargers to be built in the United States, according to Reuters.

The new rules will require the chargers to be built in the States “immediately,” with 55% of the cost coming from U.S.-made components by 2024.

Prior to the new rules being released, manufacturers voiced concern over a slowed rollout from “imposing a domestic components quota too soon in the program rule.” As a result, the new rules will allow more time for companies to abide by the Made in America deadlines.

All the chargers built must comply with the U.S. standard for charging connectors, called “Combined Charging System” (CCS), which is described as allowing drivers to “use standardized payment options; a single method of identification that works across all chargers; and work 97% of the time.”

With these new rules, Tesla will have to modify their charging stations to “add a permanently attached CCS connector or adapter that charges a CCS-compliant vehicle.”

Tesla objected to the changes, saying they were “aggressive” and “could lead to a shortfall in the number of compliant charging stations available given the pace and scale of deployment.”

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