Tesla confirms CCS1 plugs are coming to U.S. Superchargers to provide wide access for EVs from all automakers. Elon Musk said that such a move of the company is explained by the fact that global electrification is more important than the competitive advantage of the manufacturer.
Tesla intends to open its Supercharger network for third-party electric vehicles in the US, which is the next step for the wide adoption of electric vehicles. Accelerating the electrification of the world has always been one of the main goals of the manufacturer, which has become an important factor for which it received support.
The company has begun taking steps toward opening its branded charging stations in 2021. A number of Superchargers, as part of a pilot project, are open in the Netherlands, France, and Norway. In addition, when the manufacturer provided support to refugees from Ukraine, it opened access to its branded charging stations to all electric vehicles in Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. However, we had not heard anything concrete about its plans or timeline in the US.
At the recent Financial Times Future of the Car event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the company will indeed open access to its Superchargers in the U.S. for all electric vehicles, although he did not give any timeframe or details. The head of the company said that in order to implement this, Tesla will add an industry-wide connector (SAE J1772 Combo1/CCS Combo 1 or simply CCS1) as an option.
“It's a little trickier in the US because we have a different connector than the rest of the industry, but we will be adding the rest of the industry's connector as an option to Superchargers in the U.S.”
In addition, Musk explained that global electrification is the highest goal, so Tesla is committed to its implementation even though it will reduce its competitive advantage. This once again underlines the commitment of the company to act in the interests of all mankind, and not individuals or groups of people.
“We are trying as best as possible to do the right thing for the advancement of electrification, even if that diminishes our competitive advantage.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.