Tesla will allow other electric vehicles to access its global charger network later this year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday. The comment follows years of gossip from Musk that signaled the company was supportive of the idea.
Until now, there have never been any details on how or when the company would open its Supercharger network of 25,000 chargers. Details are still thin. For example, it’s unclear where it would initially open, which automakers have deals with Tesla, and whether Tesla owners would get priority. However, Musk ultimately set some sort of timeline by noting that it would start before the end of 2021.
He then added in another tweet that his network would eventually be open to other electric vehicles in any country where he has chargers. Tesla superchargers are located in North America, Asia and Europe, as well as countries in the Middle East, United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Musk has been talking about sharing the technology behind his Tesla superchargers or opening them up to other electric vehicles for years now. In 2014, Musk said he would be ready to open up designs to create a standard that can be used interchangeably across the industry. This would allow competing electric car models to charge on the Supercharger network.
He has since mentioned a version of it at various events and in results calls. In 2018, Musk said in response to a question on a call for results that the Supercharger network is not a walled garden, a reference intended to express that it is not designed to prevent other electric vehicles. to use it. However, it should be noted that Superchargers are not compatible with other EVs.
“We’ve always said we’re – it’s not meant to be a walled garden, and we’re happy to support other automakers and let them use our Supercharger stations,” Musk said in 2018. “They’re doing it. would just need to pay the share of the cost commensurate with the use of their vehicle. And they should be able to accept our charge rate or at least – and our connector, at least have an adapter for our connector. is therefore something that we are very open to, but so far none of the other automakers have been willing to do it. But it is not because of opposition from us. It is not a walled garden.
The two connectors commonly used for fast charging are the Combined Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO. CCS, a DC connector which is an open international standard that has gained popularity in recent years in Europe and North America.
Tesla has its own connector, which means automakers would have to supply or sell an adapter to owners of its electric vehicles to access the Supercharger network. It’s a different story in Europe. Tesla uses the CCS DC connector in Europe, making it the region most likely to be opened by Tesla first.