In the Tesla Second Quarter Earnings Call for 2021, Elon Musk and his Tesla team outlined a plan to allow electric vehicles (EVs) built by other manufacturers to use the Tesla Supercharger charging network.
- People with non-Tesla EVs will be able to charge using the Tesla Supercharger network
- Non-Tesla EVs in the US will require a plug adapter to use the network (in other parts of the world the Supercharger network uses standardized CCS or CHAdeMO connectors
- Plug-in adapters will eventually be available at the Supercharger sites
- Tesla vehicles automatically communicate with the Supercharger network when they are plugged in—other EVs will need to use the Tesla App to initiate and pay for charging
- Slower charging EVs will probably have to pay higher prices to charge on the Supercharger network to discourage their owners from taking space at the charging stations
- Non-Tesla EVs will be able to begin using the Supercharger network by the end of 2021
“Our goal is to support the advent of sustainable energy, it is not to create a walled garden and use that to bludgeon our competitors,” Elon Musk said, during the earnings call. “I think it’s also important to comment that increasing the utilization of the network actually reduces our costs, which allows us to lower charging prices for customers, make it more profitable — it allows us to grow the network faster, and no matter what, we’re going to continue to aggressively expand the network capacity,” Chief Technical Officer Drew Baglino added in the call.
With 25,000-plus Superchargers Tesla owns and operates the largest global, fast-charging network in the world. Opening this network to competitors' EVs will help the transition to electrified transportation happen that much faster.
Kevin Clemens is a Senior Editor with Battery Technology.