Tesla CEO Elon Musk hints at simple tech solution for supercharging non-Tesla EVs
The technical solution to implement Tesla Superchargers’ availability/access to non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) will be fairly simple, based on a mobile app; Tesla CEO Elon Musk informed.
Answering a question about the upcoming opening of the Tesla Supercharging network to non-Tesla EVs, Musk explained that a simple mobile app would allow users to register and assign a credit card, indicate the charging stall using a QR code, select the price, and unlock the power for his or her EV. The billionaire entrepreneur was responding to a question during the EV giant’s second-quarter earnings call.
Speaking on the topic, Musk said, “The technical solution to implement the access will be fairly simple, based on an app. Once a user will register and assign a credit card, he/she will be able to indicate the stall (probably using a QR code), accept the price, and unlock the power for a non-Tesla electric vehicle.”
A few weeks ago, Musk had confirmed that Tesla was mulling plans to open its Supercharger network to other EVs manufactured by other automakers before the end of 2021. Since the launch of Tesla’s first Supercharger around a decade back, the EV giant has set up nearly 3,000 fast EV charging stations, equipped with nearly 28,000 charging points, around the world. However, non-Tesla EVs can’t get their battery packs replenished using Tesla Superchargers because of incompatible connectors.
Various EV manufacturers that don’t have their own charging stations as well as non-Tesla EV owners have long been demanding the Palo Alto, Calif.-based EV giant to open its Supercharger network to them.
While Musk has declared that Tesla Superchargers will become available for non-Tesla EVs sooner than later; some concerns remain to be addressed. For instance, most of the non-Tesla electric cars use the CCS Combo 1 DC fast charging connector in North America, which are not compatible with the Tesla’s proprietary standard.
In European countries, new Tesla models such as Model 3 and Model Y use CCS Combo 2-compatible connector and Superchargers use CCS2 technology.
It means that non-Tesla electric car owners will have to either purchase an adapter or use an adapter available at the charging station to connect to the Tesla Superchargers. Both options were mentioned by Musk. The famed billionaire entrepreneur stressed that Tesla has no intention to create a walled garden; rather it wants to support the growth of sustainable energy.
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