Tesla launched a pilot venture in the Netherlands this week wherein non-Tesla electrical automobiles shall be allowed to use its Supercharger network, representing the first time that the automaker is opening up its proprietary charging stations to EVs from different corporations.
Tesla’s Supercharger network is usually held up as the best possible example of an EV charging network: quick, dependable, and plentiful. However Tesla’s network is additionally unique to Tesla house owners, which means somebody driving a Volkswagen or Ford EV wouldn’t have the ability to use it. However that’s now beginning to change.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has, for years, talked about opening up his firm’s huge Supercharger network to different electrical automobiles. And over this previous summer time, he began revealing key particulars about how it might really work. Now the firm is prepared to begin the course of by announcing its first pilot project.
Initially, solely 10 Supercharger stations in the Netherlands shall be obtainable to non-Tesla EVs. Automobile house owners might want to obtain the most up-to-date model of Tesla’s smartphone app (model 4.2.3 or increased) to be able to entry the stations. After downloading the app, clients shall be prompted to pick out “Cost Your Non-Tesla” to be able to discover the closest taking part Supercharger website.
Tesla house owners can nonetheless use the stations simply as regular. “We shall be intently monitoring every website for congestion and listening to clients about their experiences,” the firm stated in a weblog submit.
The choice of the Netherlands as the pilot venture’s beginning location isn’t shocking. Tesla CEO Elon Musk beforehand indicated the experiment would probably begin in Europe, the place standardized charging cable connectors are obligatory. Different European nations will probably comply with earlier than the firm opens up its Superchargers in the US. (Tesla has already dedicated to opening up the network in Norway.)
Tesla makes use of a proprietary connector in North America, so non-Tesla automobiles right here will want an adapter to be able to entry the firm’s Superchargers, of which there are over 6,400 plugs in the US, according to the Department of Energy.
“It’s at all times been our ambition to open the Supercharger network to Non-Tesla EVs and, by doing so, encourage extra drivers to go electrical,” the firm stated. “This transfer immediately helps our mission to speed up the world’s transition to sustainable vitality.”
There’s nonetheless a whole lot of items that have to fall into place earlier than Superchargers throughout the globe develop into obtainable to non-Tesla house owners, particularly with regard to how a lot different automakers are keen to spend on adapters for their clients. However the pilot in the Netherlands is a sign that the ball is lastly rolling on a key piece in Musk’s acknowledged plans to spur a revolution in EV adoption.