And it’s building a ‘massive increase’ in the Supercharger network.
Charging an electric vehicle during a road trip offers an array of possibilities. But sometimes a simple solution is best. Tesla, for their part, has created their own electric vehicle fast-charging network. It is hands down the most extensive electric charging network in the urban automobile industry. Undoubtedly, Tesla has left other manufacturers in the dust! In a recent interview with Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer grappled Tesla with a new pressure that other manufacturers should also be given an opportunity to use the company’s confidences related to the superchargers for future electric vehicle growth.
If by any chance this happens then it would transform the EV industry altogether providing the world access to the most recognized, well-versed, and highly efficient charging network on Earth.
Universal access to Tesla’s Supercharger network could hasten the adoption of EVs
Comprising more than 25,000 global units efficient for charging batteries at rates up to 250 kW, Tesla is considered one of the top-notch companies with the most inclusive, steadfast, and blazing superchargers in the world. But why? The reason why consumers still choose Teslas over products like Audi’s or Cadillac, GMC, and Chevy brands is perhaps surprisingly simple. They can drive their Teslas for long distances in full trust that they will find suitable locations at which to recharge their vehicle.
While the competitors are still busy perfecting their electric cars, Tesla has been thoughtful of the entire vehicle system, with the goal of solving consumers’ core driving needs. The company’s superchargers only work with Tesla vehicles, which gives the company a terrific competitive edge as all-electric vehicle owners are bound to buy from Tesla instead of heading towards other companies. But even though Tesla is possibly the best out there and the firms that dream of being the next Tesla are far behind, this won’t last forever. Rivalry is there for sure, and you never know what comes next and beat all the odds.
Tesla is still the gold standard for charging infrastructure, and it shows no signs of slowing down, and even if rivalry kicks in, that won’t matter as such. No incumbents would have access to such straddling supercharger network. This is why some officials are growing increasingly critical of Tesla’s (and by extension CEO Elon Musk’s) decision to preserve the network’s singularity to company cars. Some even think Musk and Tesla are missing out on money, since, if everybody used a Tesla supercharger, Tesla might reap more profits.
Since 2018, Scheuer has held the Office of Federal Minister of Transport, and he has observed a rushing roll-out of new EVs from other companies. According to him, it is high time that Tesla shares its secrets with the rest of the electric vehicle industry as opening up access to superchargers might speed up the global transition to all-electric vehicles. This is because, for example, “I am in direct contact with manufacturers like Tesla to ensure that the existing infrastructure, for example, Tesla Supercharger, is also opened for other manufacturers,” he said in the course of an interview with Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is making a ‘massive increase’ to its charger network
An electric car requires a different value analysis. Even if Musk allows this to happen, there are still several technical apprehensions that play a pivotal role for instance incorporating a way for drivers of non-Tesla EVs to pay for power. Scheuer suggests a standardized Smartphone app capable of working with every all-electric vehicle charger in the world. “There is still a long way to go so that not every electric car trip becomes an adventure, but a new normal,” he added. “That is the goal. And we’re getting closer to that with great strides.”
This comes as CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is making a “massive increase in Supercharger network”, which will increase the company’s previously significant lead over every other EV firm there is, should it continue to withhold them from universal EV access. According to Musk, Tesla will only agree on Dogecoin as the mode of payment, although it’s unclear if this only goes for vehicle purchases, and not charging stations. If it does apply to the Supercharger network, this could inhibit other EV companies that will possibly not accept Dogecoin as payment before long.