Tesla Supercharger Network Finally Open For Other EVs

One of the greatest benefits of owning a Tesla is the massive, global network of Tesla Supercharger stations. In the days of EV range anxiety, Tesla responded swiftly by building enough Supercharger stations to give most owners peace of mind. However, that wasn’t the case for owners of other EVs, as Superchargers were exclusive to Teslas. However, that is finally starting to change.

Tesla Supercharger network finally opening up to non-Tesla EVs

A white Tesla Model Y at a Tesla Supercharger
Tesla Model Y at Supercharger | Tesla Motors

The idea of the Tesla Supercharger network becoming available to non-Tesla EVs has been teased for over a year. According to a Reuters report, that idea is finally starting to come to fruition. The reason why this is such a big deal is that Tesla’s Superchargers are one of the most comprehensive and reliable networks of EV chargers in the world.

Before you get too excited, you should know that Tesla is only testing the open Superchargers, and currently, that test is only happening at 10 locations in the Netherlands. Non-Tesla EV owners in the area can access Superchargers through the official Tesla app.

The Superchargers will still be available to Tesla vehicles as well, and during the test, the company will be monitoring each of the 10 test locations for congestion.

The Tesla Supercharger test will be open to EVs using the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Audi, and Porsche all have EVs that use the CCS standard. Tesla also uses the CCS standard in Europe, which allows Tesla vehicles to use other chargers without an adapter.

How much will it cost to charge a non-Tesla EV at a Supercharger?

A white and red Tesla supercharger unit
Tesla Supercharger | Tesla Motors

While the ability to charge any EV at a Tesla Supercharger is no doubt enticing to a great many people, it does not come without a catch. Tesla stated that there will be “extra costs” for non-Tesla vehicles to use the Superchargers.

Tesla did not provide a financial figure for those extra costs, but it did say that the price would be discounted with a charging membership. It seems clear that if this test goes well, opening up, the Tesla Supercharger network can develop into a significant new revenue stream for the automaker.

The company is spinning the move as a way to help encourage the transition to electric vehicles from internal combustion engines. “This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” said Tesla.

Will non-Tesla EVs be able to use Superchargers in the United States?

Tesla charging plug inserted into a Tesla Model Y charging port.
Tesla charger plug | Tesla Motors

Despite the open Tesla Supercharger test only occurring in the Netherlands, Elon Musk has stated that there are plans to open the chargers in the United States as well. However, things would work a little differently. Teslas sold in the United States use a different charging standard than other EVs, so at the moment, a Tesla Supercharger plug would physically not fit in any other EV.

To remedy that, Musk said that Tesla plans to sell adapters for non-Tesla EVs to connect to Tesla Superchargers. The adapter is just one piece of the puzzle; the Tesla app would need to be overhauled to connect to non-Tesla vehicles.

However, considering that Tesla was able to push out an update to its Full Self-Driving Beta software in less than 24 hours, we speculate that updating the Tesla app to work with other vehicles won’t be too difficult a task for the automaker.

Currently, it is unclear how long the test will last in the Netherlands and what the timetable is for moving the program to the United States. We will update you as soon as the story develops.

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