EV owners who are not Tesla may use some Superchargers by the end of 2021. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has palisade on Twitter as the company opens its Supercharger network to other EVs later this year. Musk has long talked about making the network accessible to other electric vehicles and, like CNBC note, he said at the end of last year that some brands have already sought access to Tesla charging stations. Now, we have a better idea of when that might happen.
We created our own connector, since there was no standard then & Tesla was just the manufacturer of wide range electric cars.
It is a fairly slim connector for low load and high power.
That said, we make our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2021
Opening its network to other companies will not be easy, given that Tesla uses a proprietary connector in North America. It is to ensure that the stations operate between the brands and that a secure hands-on software between a non-Tesla vehicle and a Supercharger is possible. The transition could be easier in Europe where the carmaker already uses standard CCS connectors.
Electrek reported in June that Tesla has already been in discussions with authorities in Norway, and that it has asked for incentives to implement charging stations that will be available even for non-Tesla vehicles “by the third quarter of 2022.” The Minister of Transport in Germany also previously palisade that he was in direct contact with Tesla and other companies to ensure that existing infrastructure such as Superchargers were “also open to other manufacturers.”
Unfortunately, Musk didn’t elaborate on his tweet, so we didn’t even know that Superchargers would be accessible from other vehicles before. However, he said the network will open to other brands in all countries where it is available over time.
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