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Tesla Supercharger Network To Accept Rival EVs By 2022

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While every other automaker producing EVs (including Ford) is utilizing third-party charging networks, the Tesla Supercharger network is proprietary, and that has thus far given the EV maker a big leg up on the competition. Tesla owners can pull into a Supercharger station, plug in, and relax while their vehicles charge – no entering credit card information or other steps required. Coupled with the fact that there are 2,500 Tesla Supercharger stations and 25,000 chargers in operation worldwide, and it’s obviously a big competitive advantage for the automaker. And now, Tesla apparently plans on sharing it with electric vehicles from rival brands.

This news comes to us from Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself, who recently responded to a fan on Twitter and essentially confirmed that Tesla does indeed plan on opening up its charging network to other brands. “We created our own connecter, as there was no standard back then & Tesla was the only maker of long-range electric cars,” Musk said. “That said, we’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.”

As Tesla has its own unique charging connector, this means that in the U.S. at least, owners of other EVs will need some sort of adaptor to charge at Supercharger stations. However, in Europe, Tesla uses a CCS standard connector, which will make it much easier to share chargers with other brands.

This is good news for owners of vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which will soon have quite a few more places to charge while out on the road. The move also increases competition for other EV charging companies like Electrify America, which is planning on expanding its network significantly in the next few years and is currently seeking additional investors to help make that happen. Meanwhile, most third-party charging companies are struggling to turn a profit, and Ford is exploring other unique ways to charge EVs on the go.

We’ll have more on Tesla’s Supercharger expansion soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. JimL

    I welcome that, and congratulate Musk & Tesla for doing so. I looked at the network currently available for the Mach-E, and was surprised at how few chargers there were between my home in western PA and my few, but necessary, long-distance trips each year.

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  2. Stephen Ketterer

    Why on earth would there be more than one standard design for this?

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  3. Ford Owner

    So Tesla gave up and accepted the saying “If you can’t beat them ( the SAE CCS standard), join them”. Even Apple gave up on the Lightning standard and are using the USB type C connector which can pass over 60 Watts.

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  4. Steve

    I would like to know where the power for the “supercharger” station is coming from? It certianily not going to be coming from your local power company. They don’t have the resources to power all these stations. I know what’s going to happen. The Elan Musk’s of the world will be building nuclear power reactors to provide all the power for the stations. Think about it. Right now, say Californikstan, they have rolling brown outs because their grid is unable to provide power during “peak” times. Oh well lets throw some of the Supercharger stations in there too. Not going to happen.

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  5. Stephen Ketterer

    You raise many of the points that the thinking half of this country are concerned about. My biggest fear is that the select few at the top of the food chain are all-in on EVs and aren’t in the habit of betting on losers. And I don’t mean losers in a free market [which is exactly what EVs would be], but losers to which the government won’t provide taxpayer-funded life support.

    In short–we’re already paying for this mess.

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