Tesla to open a global charging network on other EVs later this year. TechCrunch
Tesla will allow other electric vehicles to access its global network of chargers later this year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday. The comments came after years of negotiations by Musk, which indicated the company was capable of the idea.
So far, no details have been released on how and when the company will open its 25,000-supercharger network. Details are still slim. For example, it is not clear where it will initially open, which automakers have entered into agreements with Tesla, and whether Tesla owners will be given preference. However, Musk eventually attached a timeline that would begin before the end of 2021.
He later added in another tweet that eventually his network would be open to other EVs in every country that has chargers. Tesla Superchargers are located in North America, Asia and Europe, as well as in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Musk has talked behind his Tesla superchargers about either sharing technology or opening it up for use in other EVs for years now. Back in 2014, Musk said he would agree to open up designs to create standards that could be used interchangeably throughout the industry. This will allow competitive electric car models to charge the supercharger network.
He has mentioned some versions of it in various events and since then during revenue calls. In 2018, Musk said in response to a question during a revenue call that the supercharger network is not a walled garden, referring to the fact that it is not designed to prevent other EVs from using it. ۔ However, it should be noted that superchargers are not compatible with other EVs.
“We’ve always said we are – it’s not a walled garden, and we’re happy to support other carmakers and let them use our supercharger stations,” Musk said in 2018. Pay a portion of the cost in proportion to their vehicle usage. And they will need to be able to accept our charge rate or at least – and our connectors, at least for our connectors. So this is something we are very open to, but so far none of the other car manufacturers want to do that. But this is not because of our opposition. This is not a wall garden.
The two most common connectors used for fast charging are the Common Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO. CCS, a direct current connector that is an open international standard that has gained popularity in Europe and North America in recent years.
Tesla has its own connector, which means carmakers will have to provide or sell adapters to their EV owners to access the supercharger network. This is a different story in Europe. Tesla uses the CCS direct current connector in Europe, making it the first Tesla region to open.