Tesla reportedly plans to open up its Supercharger network to third-party EVs in the U.S. before the end of this year. It was a year ago in July 2021 that Tesla CEO Elon Musk originally announced plans to open the Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs. While some Tesla owners have expressed concerns that this could result in overcrowding at charging stations and lead to extended wait times, the company has tried to assure its customers that this would not be the case. With an eye toward expanding its Supercharger network even further, Tesla recently increased its Supercharger installation rate and is adding more stalls to the busier stations over time.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Tesla's Supercharger network in the U.S. is one of the largest fast-charging networks for EVs around the world. The network is present in all 50 states, with more than 1,200 Supercharger stations across the country. However, the number of stalls varies from one station to another, with the busiest areas accounting for more than 50 stalls per charging station. Globally, the company claims to have more than 35,000 Supercharger stalls, with the majority of them in the U.S. and China.
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Earlier this week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that Tesla's vast Supercharger network in the U.S. will be opened up to non-Tesla EVs. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, later this year, Tesla will begin the production of equipment that will allow non-Tesla vehicles to charge using its Superchargers in the U.S. The announcement is part of the administration's $7.5 billion investment to build a national network of EV chargers that will be open to all electric vehicles.
Non-Tesla Supercharger Program Is Available In Europe
The non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program was initially introduced in Norway before being made available in several European countries, including the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, among others. This will, however, be the first time that Tesla is opening up its U.S. Supercharger network to third-party EVs. It is worth noting though that Tesla drivers are likely to get preferential rates at these stations. The rates for non-Tesla vehicles will reportedly vary by site, with the highest prices reserved for the busier locations and more moderate prices for the less busy areas.
Meanwhile, in its press release, the White House also mentioned a slew of other private sector investments in the EV industry. Chief among them is Electrify America's $450 million investment that the White House believes will support "the rapid deployment of up to 10,000 ultra-fast chargers at 1,800 charging stations." Siemens has also reportedly committed to building one million EV chargers over the next four years at an investment of $250 million, and has already created 500 new union jobs as part of the process. As for Tesla, other EV users can expect to get access to its Supercharger network in a matter of months.