Tesla plans to open Superchargers to other automakers this year: Elon Musk
American entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla Motors is mulling plans to open its Supercharger network (a network of 480-volt direct current fast-charging stations) to other automakers as soon as before the end of 2021.
Instead of depending on third-party EV charging stations, Tesla has developed its own network from the ground up, which was almost inevitable as Tesla started producing EVs earlier than any other entity. Thus far, only Tesla EVs have been allowed to charge on the company’s Supercharger network.
Now, Musk said that Tesla’s plan to open its Supercharger network has been in the works for a while. He also dropped a hint that the network could be opened to other automakers sometime later this year. This is the first time that the renowned entrepreneur has attached a timeline.
In a post on his official Twitter account, Musk commented, “We created our own connector, as there was no standard back then and Tesla was only maker of long-range electric cars. It’s one fairly slim connector for both low & high power charging. We’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.”
Since the launch of the first Supercharger around a decade ago, Tesla’s has set up 2,700 fast charging stations, offering as many as 25,000 charging points, around the globe. However, EVs manufactured by other automakers are not capable of getting their battery packs replenished at Tesla Superchargers due to incompatible connectors.
A number of EV makers that do not have their own charging stations as well as owners of EVs manufactured by other brands have long been demanding Tesla to open its Supercharger network to them. The Norwegian and German authorities have reportedly also urged Tesla for the same. Opening up Tesla Supercharger stations for other brands in Europe will not be difficult for the American EV giant as the chargers use the CCS standard and not the EV maker’s own connector.
On the contrary, Superchargers use Tesla’s own connectors in the United States. Thus, opening up of Superchargers will require non-Tesla EVs come equipped with a charging connector compatible with Tesla’s technology. Thus far, it remains unclear whether the Palo Alto, Calif.-based EV giant will ask other automakers to adopt its proprietary charging connector or furnish some sort of adapter. Hence, how Tesla will open its chargers to other EVs has yet to be seen.
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