Tesla will allow other electric vehicles to access its global network of chargers later this year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday. The comment follows years of chatter by Musk that indicated the company was amenable to the idea.
As of now, no details have been given on when and how the company will open its Supercharger network of 25,000 chargers. The details are still slim. For example, it’s unclear where it will initially open, which automakers have reached agreements with Tesla, and whether Tesla owners will get priority. However, Musk finally attached a timeline by noting this before the end of 2021.
He later added in another tweet that its network will eventually be open to other electric vehicles in every country with its chargers. Tesla Superchargers are located in North America, Asia and Europe, as well as the Middle Eastern countries of the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Musk has talked for years about either sharing the technology behind his Tesla Superchargers or opening them up for use with other EVs. Back in 2014, Musk said he was open to the designs to create a standard that could be used interchangeably across the industry. This will allow competing electric car models to be charged over the Supercharger network.
He has mentioned some version of it at various events and during earnings calls. In 2018, Musk said in response to a question during an earnings call that the Supercharger network is not a walled garden, a reference to express that it was not designed to prevent other EVs from using it. is. However, it should be noted that superchargers are not compatible with other EVs.
“We’ve always said we are — it’s not intended to be a walled garden, and we want to support other automakers and allow them to use our Supercharger stations,” Musk said in 2018. Pay their share of the cost in proportion to the use of the vehicle. And they have to be able to accept our charge rate—or at least—and our connector, at least have an adapter for our connector. So that’s something we’re very open to, but no other carmaker wants to do that yet. But it is not because of our opposition. This is not a walled garden.”
Two common connectors used for rapid charging are Combined Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO. CCS, a direct current connector that is an open international standard, has gained popularity in Europe and North America in recent years.
Tesla has its own connector, which means automakers must provide or sell an adapter to owners of their EVs to access the Supercharger network. It is a different story in Europe. Tesla uses the CCS direct current connector in Europe, making it the first to open area for Tesla.