It seems that Tesla’s Supercharger Network will soon be serving vehicles outside the electric car lineup of the company. The update was announced on Twitter by CEO Elon Musk, who noted that the Supercharger Network is being made available to other EVs though the project remains low-key for now.
They do, even though it’s kind of low-key. Musk wrote, referring to an inquiry from Tesla owner and prolific YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee, that Tesla Superchargers are being made available to other electric cars. Unsurprisingly, the remark made by the CEO immediately attracted a lot of speculation from the electric vehicle community.
Elon Musk has also spoken about opening up other carmakers to the Supercharger Network. The CEO emphasized that Tesla does not plan to grow the Supercharger Network as a walled garden of sorts. According to Musk, as long as they are able to roll out vehicles that can draw power output from Superchargers, other carmakers can use Tesla’s Superchargers. They must also be prepared to pay for their share of the system’s use of their cars.
Elon Musk noted back then that Tesla was already in talks with other carmakers about using the Supercharger Network. The idea seems to have been moved to the background since then, however. While other electric car manufacturers, such as Bollinger Motors, have expressed their willingness to use Tesla’s charging stations, Tesla has mostly kept quiet about other EVs using the Supercharger Network. Superchargers in Europe have had electric cars spotted charging. Currently, Tesla has not officially confirmed any other EV manufacturers that may have taken Musk on his offer.
Given that the goal of Tesla is to speed up the advent of electric vehicles, it is potentially a brilliant idea to share the Supercharger Network. The rapid chargers at Tesla reach far and wide. They are arguably the most reliable network in countries such as the United States that allows electric cars to reliably carry out long drives. If Tesla opens its network to other carmakers and other EVs, sustainable transportation for long distances will soon become the norm.
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