Can Non-Tesla Electric Vehicles Charge at Tesla Charging Stations?

You might think you need to have a Tesla to charge your electric vehicle at a Tesla station, but that is not the case. Tesla destination chargers allows charging with most other EV brands, but you’ll need an adaptor. However, Tesla Superchargers are a different story, as it’s impossible to plug in your new Ford Mustang Mach-E or other electric cars into one.

Can any electric vehicle use Tesla chargers?

A Tesla Supercharger (different from a Tesla Destination Charger) charging a Tesla EV in Katowice, Poland
A Tesla Supercharger | Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

First things first, this is strictly about North American electric car charging stations. There are different standards for vehicles overseas, so the following information might not apply.

So, can other cars use Tesla chargers in North America? According to Inside EVs, electric vehicle owners can use Tesla charging stations, but you can’t just plug your EV in. First off, you need an adapter. The Tesla to J1772 connector allows you to do just that. With the Tesla to J1772 connector, you can plug your EV into most Tesla chargers. Most useful for EV drivers and owners will likely be Tesla destination chargers, most commonly found at hotels, parks, shopping centers, and similar destinations. The Tesla high-powered connector, destination charger, and mobile connector will work with the J1772 adapter. You can find the Lectron adapters on Amazon or even at Home Depot. The price for both retailers sits at roughly $160. The J1772 offers a Level 2 charge with 250 volts and 40 amps of current.

Another option is the TeslaTap brand adaptor. This adaptor is offered in 40 amp ($140), 50 amp ($170), and 80 amp ($240) versions. It also comes in a MINI version for easy travel. This option comes in 40 amp ($200) and 60 amp ($260), and 80 amp (($300) versions.

Most EVs can’t use a Tesla high-speed supercharger, yet

The Tesla Superchargers are a different kind of electric vehicle charging station and the network and will not accept an adaptor. This is likely to entice people to buy an actual Tesla to benefit from the superchargers’ super-fast charging. It also means that Tesla EVs can generally take longer trips due to the placement of the Supercharger network, creating a large Tesla charger map across the country. Most early purchased Tesla’s have free access to the supercharger network to facilitate this benefit.

Access to the Tesla Supercharger network is likely to change as the North American automotive market progresses with electric car sales. Through CNBC reporting, Elon Musk noted that he wanted other brands to use Tesla superchargers (albeit with an added cost). According to Forbes, a pilot program testing non-Tesla electric cars using Tesla Superchargers has already begun in the Netherlands.

How much does it cost to install an electric car charger in your home?

The prices of home electric charging station installation vary widely depending on what kind of situation you have at home. The first concern is the age of your residence and the electric and wiring status beneath the walls. If your home has an older electric situation, a home charger might require a big update.

If your house is newer and can handle a charger’s additions, you can generally get Level 1 charging with just a standard plug (12 amps). You can usually get enough to drive your car around the next day with an eight-hour charge. If your drive your EV more and need faster-charging capabilities, Forbes has listed the best options for home charging installations, with Level 2 charging and at least 40 amps being the most popular option. However, be aware that the cost to hire an electrician will often be much more expensive than buying the charger itself, with Consumer Reports estimating the cost of parts and labor to roughly be up to $2,000.

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