All EVs could soon suffice from Tesla’s super-charging network. Yes, you heard it right. Elon Musk has allegedly decided to open its Supercharger Network to all-electric vehicles out there by 2022.
According to Electrek, the US-based manufacturer has told the Norwegian Government it plans to make its Supercharger network non-exclusive, allowing owners of other vehicles to utilize the fastest EV charging stations in the world.
This initiative could change the progression of the EV industry as it might flourish ever than before.
Tesla has provided a better path for other automobile manufacturers worldwide by giving access to the world’s most dominant and efficient supercharging network since some companies were hesitant to build electric cars before. Such a move might change the implementation of EV infrastructure globally as the company is far the most straddling ever to exist. We are not sure why the company decided to take this initiative. Many rumors were floating around about the company being pressurized by a couple of entities.
As an early adopter of electric vehicles, Tesla built up its own network worldwide based on exclusivity, only letting its own vehicles use the V3 Superchargers, which can provide a 120km driving range increase after 20 minutes of charging. It obviously did not rely on other parties such as Electrify America, ChargePoint, and Lonity as the kind of industry shift the company desired could not have been achieved.
It’s been a decade since Tesla stationed its first supercharger, and now the amount has reached up to 25,000 systems in more than 2,700 stations worldwide. So is Tesla finally giving it all back to the automobile industry? I am not sure if it could count as a gift to the world.
Obviously, Tesla isn’t just going to open up its technology to be used by other companies for free. Instead, it would be expecting some compensation or incentives in return to do so. Rumour has it that Tesla has been involved in negotiations with other companies in the past about making their supercharger network non-exclusive. But now it has finally come down to execution.
According to Electrek, the Norwegian government officials agreed to give Tesla incentives to allow other EV owners to use its charging network on the proposed conditions. “The condition for benefits is that infrastructure must be developed with a publicly available offer,” said officials.
“Tesla applied for benefits to expand five fast-charging stations. However, Tesla’s charging stations today are just available for Tesla cars. That type of infrastructure is only open for use by one group and not for the general public otherwise. In the application, Tesla describes the relevant charging stations will nevertheless be publicly available from the third quarter of 2022”, Electrik further reported.
” The Vestland County Municipality take note that the benefit can be removed if the conditions are not met.” the administration further recommended.
To conclude, it is safe to say that Tesla’s plan has finally come down to implementation. However, we are still unsure if the company would extend beyond Norway, the European continent, or encompass the globe like SpaceX’s Starlink. Nonetheless, there are rumors about Tesla’s negotiations with Germany, which is good news. Undoubtedly, this decision seems to open new doors for the upcoming EV manufacturers that might spin the world’s axis for good, providing better and bigger incentives to the automobile industry.