Tesla wants to allow other electric vehicles to join the Supercharger network, but we now know that those owners will have to pay more.
Many Tesla owners were alarmed when Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that the firm plans to open up its Supercharger stations to non-Tesla electric cars (EVs), with many worrying that the move will result in overcrowding and lengthier waits at charges.
However, during a second-quarter earnings call with Tesla investors on Monday, July 26, Musk reiterated his commitment to the plan, though he acknowledged that in order for it to be successful, the electric-car company will need to rapidly expand its Supercharger network to keep up with growing EV production by other automakers.
Across 25,000 Tesla Superchargers are already in use at nearly 3,000 stations around the world, allowing drivers to add up to 200 miles of range in only 15 minutes.
Tesla’s decision to open up its fast chargers to non-Tesla electric vehicles stems from the company’s long-held goal of “support the advent of sustainable energy … not to create a walled garden and bludgeon our competitors.” according to Musk.
When the Superchargers become accessible later this year, the CEO went on to describe how non-Tesla owners will be able to utilize them.
“We’re thinking about a real simple thing where you just download the Tesla app, you go to the Supercharger, you just indicate which stall you are in, you plug in your car, even if it’s not a Tesla, and you just access the app to tell it to ‘turn on the stall that I’m in’ for how much electricity, and this should work for almost any manufacturer’s electric car,” Musk stated on the conference call.
Musk suggested that a dynamic pricing mechanism might be used to avoid the type of station overcrowding that many Tesla owners dread, with charges being higher for non-Tesla vehicles that charge at a slower rate. In addition, the Supercharger stations will be more expensive to use during peak hours and less expensive during non-peak hours. Of course, how existing Tesla owners react will be determined on what the business decides to charge during peak hours.
In order to connect their EV to a Supercharger, non-Tesla owners in North America will need to utilize an adaptor. The gadget will be accessible for use at each station, but if theft becomes a concern, Tesla will simply remove them, leaving users with no alternative except to purchase their own.
Non-Tesla owners, Musk said, would still use the Tesla app to identify a Supercharger station and then request that the stall be turned on. Tesla automobiles, on the other hand, utilize a proprietary plug, as opposed to the CCS standard used by most other EVs.
Tesla’s CEO hinted that CCS adapters could be available at Supercharger stations for other owners, which would be a great development. However, there is another issue. Not many electric vehicles can charge as rapidly as a Tesla, especially since that certain Supercharger stations may eventually offer 300 kilowatts of power.
Tesla has yet to provide a clear date for when its Superchargers would be available to other electric vehicles.
Musk’s remarks come after Tesla reported $1.1 billion in quarterly earnings after delivering just over 200,000 vehicles, more than double the same period a year ago.