Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, made the announcement on Twitter, with the grand opening scheduled for later this year
The Tesla Supercharger network will be opened to other electric vehicle brands later this year as confirmed by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk.
Musk made the announcement to his Twitter following, which means exact details on when Tesla will make its charging stations available to other manufacturers is yet to be confirmed. Tesla is also yet to announce which countries will benefit from the new arrangement.
- Tesla to offer unlimited Supercharger access to new customers
Until now, the Tesla Supercharger network has been reserved for Tesla cars only, with the company controlling access by engineering its own charging connector for its vehicles.
When connected to a Supercharger, the new Tesla Model S Plaid can take on 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes thanks to the unit’s 250kW DC charging output.
Adapters which convert the Tesla socket to CCS and CHAdeMO connectors are available to order from the company’s website to allow Tesla drivers to top up at any commercial station.
Nothing’s official yet, but we expect Tesla will soon launch adapters which convert the other way, allowing everything from the Nissan Leaf to the Porsche Taycan to use its chargers.
We created our own connector, as there was no standard back then & Tesla was only maker of long range electric cars. It’s one fairly slim connector for both low & high power charging. That said, we’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.
Currently, the Tesla Supercharger network comprises more than 25,000 stations worldwide, which would make EV driver’s lives a little easier when hunting for a charging socket.
However, even if the Tesla Supercharger network is opened to British EV drivers, given the size of the Supercharger network here currently, it won’t be enough to satisfy demand once the sale of pure combustion vehicles is banned in 2030.
The SMMT estimates that 700 charge points would need to be installed daily between now and the end of the decade to properly support the market. Currently, the installation rate stands at around 42 per day.
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