Tesla To Open Supercharger Network
Tesla just announced that it will soon be giving access to all EVs to its Supercharger Network, and that it also has plans to double current capacity by the end of 2024. Right now, Tesla has over 40,000 Supercharger stations and this number could be close to 80,000 by the end of 2024.
Tesla has a near monopoly on EV charging in the U.S. presently, and if any other automaker wants to build out a network, they are going to be working from way behind Tesla. It's almost just easier to use the Tesla Supercharger Network.
Tesla will be providing a "magic dock" for vehicles that use the CCS adapter so that they can charge as well. Tesla has a secret weapon through all of this, and that is other EV owners will need to download and install the Tesla app in order to use the Supercharger Network.
When an owner of another EV downloads and installs the Tesla app and sees how easy it is to use compared to their EV, they are going to start asking questions about this. I think it will drive more sales for Tesla vehicles as more and more people see how Tesla works.
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Doubling Capacity By 2024
Tesla will double capacity by the end of 2024 and that will further cement its lead in the EV revolution. Tesla Supercharger stations also have much more reliable uptime than any other competitor, making them the go to for charging. Only Charge Point stations have had decent charging that I've used. All other stations seem to be down about half the time.
How much will Tesla charge non Tesla EVs to use its Supercharger stations? I think there will probably be a monthly subscription someone can pay to not get a mark-up on the Supercharger Network, otherwise, I think Tesla will charge more for non Tesla EVs.
Recently, Tesla is opening its first Supercharger in Thailand, but we'll write more about that in a future article. Tesla Superchargers keep springing up all over the place, and they will need to be everywhere for electric vehicles to gain widespread adoption. There can be no issues with charging for anyone for EVs to be used widespread.
With Tesla doubling capacity by the end of 2024, I don't see there being an issue of space at Tesla Superchargers. That is one concern that people have - will there be wait times to charge your car?
Lastly, I'm curious to see if there will be automatic charging. You back up into the charging stall and connect with the charger, and your charge point opens and the cable plugs in automatically. This will be necessary for Robotaxis one day.
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Select Tesla Superchargers across the US will soon be open to all EVs— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) February 15, 2023
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.