Talking With ChargePoint & Rivian About US EV Market — Early Access Videos

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Rivian, Tesla, Auto Dealers, and Backwards State Laws

Last Friday, I talked with Vice President of Public Policy at Rivian James Chen for our CleanTech Talk podcast series. A video recording of our one-hour discussion is now published for CleanTechnica Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors to view on YouTube. If you fit one of those levels of support, just head to our CleanTechnica Pro section and enjoy.

We talked a bit about the broader electric vehicle market and how the various EV startups and serious EV efforts from legacy automakers are all partners in the mission to phase out fossil-powered vehicles, but the bulk about the discussion was about why the ability to sell directly to customers is critical for EV startups and how that is being blocked in many US states — a problem found nowhere else in the world.

Now that Rivian is on the verge of bringing its vehicles to market, it is facing the same challenges (and more) that Tesla has faced for years trying to sell its vehicles directly to customers in the United States. James Chen and his team are tackling the problem, and he spoke with CleanTechnica about many of the details of this and related matters. Jim has worked on this issue for a long time, as he was previously at Tesla from 2010 to April 2016, where he ended as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel before moving on.

I’ll write more about the discussion next week when we publish the podcast for everyone on our CleanTech Talk show. But if you want to check it out early, do so here!

ChargePoint — Where Are We? What Does The US Charging Market Need Next?

Tomorrow, I will be speaking with Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President of Product at ChargePoint, about ChargePoint’s model (of course) as well as where the US charging market is at the moment and where it needs to go next.

Live viewing of the discussion is again open to CleanTechnica Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors. (Note: we had technical problems last week for the live viewing, but we will not have that problem tomorrow.) The time of the podcast is 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT/18:30 CET on April 30. To get the Zoom webinar link, Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors just have to head here.


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