Tesla gets Biden’s cold shoulder again, Siemens the newly favoured

President Joe Biden has tapped the U.S. wing of German technology conglomerate Siemens to push his bid to build electric vehicle chargers as part of his “Made in America” initiative.

Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton was on stage with the president on Friday to announce $54 million in new investments.

The new investments includes a new plant that promises to be a centerpiece of the company’s efforts to produce over a million EV chargers in the U.S. over the next four years.

The prominent placement puts Siemens alongside U.S. companies like Ford and GM as Biden’s preferred corporate faces to help achieve its ambitious EV goals.

The administration wants half of all cars sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030 with a network of 500,000 public charging stations up and running to match.

And still largely on the outside — of the DC party at least — is Tesla and CEO Elon Musk.

Siemens works with auto makers on everything from providing the circuitry inside of electric vehicles to the charging stations once the new cars are on the road, she said.

Siemens recently announced a direct partnership with Ford to collaborate on their Ford Charge Station Pro home chargers.

Musk’s stance on unionization has been at the root of much of the tension. Unlike the workforces at Ford and GM, the Tesla workforce is not unionized.

Musk recently opened the door to a possible union vote at Tesla, leading Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to note on Yahoo Finance Friday that he’s open to a conversation on the topic.

In its announcement, Siemens went as far as to note which locals from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would benefit from the forthcoming expansion. Friday was Humpton’s second visit to the White House since Biden’s inauguration.

She also joined for the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure law last November. Ford CEO Jim Farley and General Motors CEO Mary Barra snagged at least three interactions with Biden in 2021 alone.

Musk, on the other hand, has yet to visit the White House since Biden’s inauguration but recently promised to “do the right thing” if invited. He has criticized charging station efforts, though.


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