Tesla masters a new realm: Federal EV infrastructure dollars

  • Date: 02/20/2024

Tesla makes more electric vehicles and operates more charging stations than anyone in the United States. Now it is starting to lead in a new category: winning federal infrastructure dollars.

The electric automaker is installing more charging plazas than any other company funded by the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law, according to an exclusive analysis of public records for E&E News by EVAdoption, an EV data consultancy. Tesla has won almost 13 percent of all EV charging awards from the law, more than any other company, the data shows. That has earned Tesla a total of more than $17 million in infrastructure grants.

The government funding will effectively embed Tesla’s distinctively shaped red-and-white chargers into the experience of not just Tesla drivers, but of all EV users on America’s highways. It is a win for Tesla, but also a form of capitulation: By agreeing to build federally funded stations, the iconoclastic company is also agreeing to play by the same rules as everyone else.

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