Elon Musk replied to President Joe Biden’s announcement of charging stations for electric vehicles. The announcement was that 5 lakh charging stations across America will be set up. Soon after the announcement, Musk replied, “or you can just buy a Tesla”.
“We’re building 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country. The great American road trip will be fully electrified,” the POTUS tweeted.
Or you can just buy a Tesla
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 4, 2022
He then added, in a subsequent tweet, “Worth mentioning that Tesla has open-sourced its charge connector and is enabling other EVs to use Tesla Superchargers.” His advice caught the attention of many on the platform. “I’m so confused, I thought Teslas needed charging stations,” a user wrote.
I'm so confused, I thought Teslas needed charging stations.
— Anthony Walker – Слава Україні 🇺🇦 (@anthonycwalker) December 4, 2022
In September, during his visit to the Detroit Auto Show, Biden had approved the first $900 million in funding to build electric vehicle charging stations across 35 states in the US. “Today, I’m pleased to announce we’re approving funding for the first 35 states, including Michigan, to build their own electric charging infrastructure throughout their state,” Biden had said, according to CNN. He added that the funding was part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will be utilized to install charging stations across 53,000 miles of the country’s highway system.
The $1 trillion Infrastructure Law, which was passed in November this year, is aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs, according to the White House. Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. For far too long, Washington policymakers have celebrated “infrastructure week” without ever agreeing to build infrastructure. The President promised to work across the aisle to deliver results and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. After the President put forward his plan to do exactly that and then negotiated a deal with Members of Congress from both parties, this historic legislation is moving to his desk for signature.
This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will rebuild America’s roads, bridges, and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come. Combined with the President’s Build Back Framework, it will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.