Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company is going to open branded Supercharger charging stations for other electric cars. Musk said this on Twitter, answering a question about a special connector that is used to charge Tesla cars. Until the end of this year, owners of electric cars of other brands will be able to use one of the world’s widest charging networks, but before that Tesla will have to resolve the issue with adapters and change the mobile application.
Unlike other electric car manufacturers, Tesla initially decided not to rely on third-party charging networks and built its own from scratch. Today, Tesla’s arsenal includes more than 25,000 Superchargers at 2,700 stations around the world. However, so far only Tesla electric cars can be charged from them: this is the difference between Supercharger and, for example, the European network Ionity, as well as Electrify America or ChargePoint operating in the USA.
Tesla has repeatedly said that it is going to open its chargers to others, but so far this has not happened: last year Musk said that some automakers began to operate Supercharger stations, but did not disclose details. p>
A month ago, the company confirmed the plans in an interview with Norwegian officials. According to Electrek, we are not talking about a few stations in Norway, but about the opening of the entire network, which can be used by the owners of all “green” cars using adapters and a mobile application.
“We made our own connector as there was no standard at the time and Tesla was the only manufacturer to produce electric cars with a long range. This is a relatively thin connector for low and high power charging. However, by the end of 2021, we will open our network to other electric vehicles, ”Musk wrote on Twitter.
The adapter plug, which Tesla will develop, will have to be used by drivers in the US. In Europe, the company currently uses the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard, so it only needs to make changes to the mobile application and negotiate with the authorities.