Non-Tesla EV owners may be able to use some Compressors by the end of 2021. Tesla’s executive director is Elon Musk discovered on Twitter that the company is opening its Supercharger network for other EVs later this year. Musk has been talking for a long time about making the network available to other electric cars as well CNBC notes, he mentioned late last year that some brands are already seeking access to Tesla’s bottling plants. We now have a better idea of when this could happen.
We created our own connector, because there was no standard then, and Tesla was just a manufacturer of long-range electric cars.
It is a fairly thin connector for charging low and high power.
That means we’ll be opening our Supercharger network for other EVs later this year.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2021
Opening your network to other companies will not be easy, as Tesla uses a proprietary connector in North America. It must ensure that the stations work on all brands and that safe software handling between non-Tesla and Supercharge cars is possible. The transition could be easier in Europe where the carmaker already uses standard CCS connectors.
Electric reported back in June that Tesla was already negotiating with authorities in Norway and had applied for incentives to set up charging stations that would be available even to non-Tesla vehicles “from the third quarter of 2022.” The German Minister of Transport also earlier discovered that he was in direct contact with Tesla and other companies to ensure that existing infrastructure such as Supercharger “is open to other manufacturers as well.”
Musk unfortunately did not explain his tweet in detail, so we still need to know which Superchargers other vehicles will be able to access first. However, he said the network will open up to other brands in all countries where it is available overtime.
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