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Tesla has a zombie frenemy.

Remember when Umar pointed out that Tesla’s attempt to claim the “North American Charging Standard” was silly ‘cause most automakers use CCS instead? Well, Aptera — the zombie EV brand — claims it’ll use Tesla’s plug for its vehicle. Someday.

Will that unlock hundreds of millions in federal funding for Tesla charging stations, since the law mandates “non-proprietary charging connectors” open to “motor vehicle operators from more than one company”? Not by itself: the Federal Highway Administration’s current plan says each station needs four CCS chargers as well.