Rumors that Tesla will open its Supercharger network for other EVs have been circulating for a long time and recently the CEO of the company, Elon Musk, confirmed this. During the Q2 2021 Earnings Call, the company gave a clear description of its position and confirmed that it would open its Supercharger network to other EVs via easy app access.
Since Musk previously tweeted that Tesla will open the Supercharger network for other EVs later this year, investors have asked the company to clarify this issue in more detail during the Q2 2021 Earnings Call. Tesla's team gave answers to some questions and explained how it would work.
Musk said this would be a very simple thing to do. EV owners will be able to download the Tesla app and use a Supercharger by simply specifying which stall they are in. That is, they connect their car, and then just go into the application and activate the stall in which they are, indicating how much electricity they need to charge. And this should basically work with cars from any manufacturer, Musk added.
If the car's charging speed is very slow, then these owners will pay more, because the biggest limitation with Superchargers is how long the stall is occupied. In addition, the company plans to use electricity smarter at its Supercharger, so charging during rush hour will be more expensive. There are times when Superchargers are empty, and times when they are busier and there is a queue. So it makes sense to have "some time-based discrimination," Musk said.
He also noted that Europe, China, and most countries in the world have the same charging connector for all electric vehicles, so it is quite easy to open access to the Superchargers. A special adapter will be needed to use the Superchargers with other EVs in North America, but people can buy it. The company intends to equip its chargers with such adapters, hoping that people will not steal them.
Musk said that Tesla's goal is "to support the advent of sustainable energy, it is not to create a walled garden and use that to bludgeon our competitors, which is sometimes used by some companies." That is why Superchargers must be open to all EVs.
The head of the company said that it is clear that in order for Superchargers to be useful for the cars of other automakers, Tesla needs to expand the network faster than they increase the production of cars, and this is not an easy task. However, since this is the company's goal, they will do their best to achieve it.
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