German Minister Wants Tesla To Open Its Supercharger Network To All EVs
There have been a lot of ideas put forward as to what the future of EV charging should look like. There was some discussion not too long ago that it may be time for Tesla to stop making their own chargers. There have been those who support a shared charging system that isn’t run by any particular EV maker. However, we are now talking about shared charging network run by Tesla and not another entity.
Why other EV brands could be brought into the fold
Tesla has an elaborate infrastructure of over 25,000 superchargers worldwide. This number should grow as Tesla gains traction in more countries. It has been said Tesla superchargers could be built to be suitable for use even if you have an EV that isn’t a Tesla.
Tesla superchargers are a powerful 250kW. Another EV maker could eclipse Tesla with a figure of higher than 250kW, but Tesla still has a supercharger that could charge most EVs. Tesla also has the global supercharger network already in place. Many startup EV manufacturers are still putting the pieces together in terms of their charging infrastructure.
Concerns about other EVs using Tesla’s chargers
There are many concerns about Tesla spearheading a universal charging network. Tesla is probably capable of doing something like this, but there are potential technical issues as well as issues with this kind of business approach.
In terms of technical issues, some older EVs could be left out of Tesla’s charging system. For example, some Nissan Leaf vehicles use an older plug that may not be compatible with the latest Tesla superchargers.
There are also problems with using this kind of business strategy. Tesla shouldn’t have a monopoly over all of the EV chargers in the world. If Tesla wants to have a large stake in the charging system, they will have to coordinate with other EV manufacturers to make sure the technology caters to the needs of all the various cars across different brands. Another thing that would have to be figured out is payment. It would have to be decided whether a non-Tesla owner would be paying Tesla to charge their car. Also, other EV manufacturers might not want Tesla to control most of the superchargers. It is also unknown if other EV manufacturers will still be making their own superchargers even if Tesla does expand access to their superchargers.
Musk says more Tesla superchargers to be built
A recent tweet shows a long line of Teslas waiting to use a charging station. Musk responded to the tweet and announced that more superchargers will be built. This is another argument against Tesla expanding access to their superchargers. It could cause long lines if Tesla isn’t able to meet demand right away.
Daniel Cappo reports Tesla developments at Torque News. He has had a passion for cars ever since age five when his grandparents let him drive their old golf cart around their property in Upstate NY. He has attended numerous auto shows, and even got the chance to drive a Ferrari California on the track. Ever since Tesla opened up a dealership at his local mall, he's been an avid follower of their cars and technology. Dan has a B.S. in Public Communication from U Vermont. Follow Daniel on Twitter and LinkedIn for daily Tesla News.