Tesla plans to open up its Supercharger network to other electric vehicles by the end of the year, according to a White House memo revealing the automaker’s plans.
In April, the US government said it needed to increase its own network by about 1100 charging stations a hundred times to meet the upcoming demand. Tesla plans to increase the capacity of its Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, where more than 1,600 employees make charging stations and solar panels. memo said.
“Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new supercharger hardware that will enable non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers in North America to use Tesla superchargers,” the memo says.
Expanding — and getting to know customers of other EV brands — could help Tesla generate more revenue and attention as automakers start rolling out new EVs over the next few years.
The memo does not mention how much money Tesla is investing in adding stations to its fast-charging network, but says the electric vehicle maker is ramping up production of “power electronics components that convert AC to DC, charging cabinets, poles and cables.” “.
The patchwork of various charging networks in the US looks ungainly. a challenge for a growing number of automakers and consumers. In June, GM said it plans to equip its new electric vehicles with “Plug and charge” capability which allows the driver to connect and automate payment at various charging stations.
Non-Tesla vehicle owners will need both the Tesla smartphone app and an adapter to access the Supercharger network.
CEO Elon Musk has long mulled over opening up a fast-charging network for non-Tesla EV owners. The company launched pilot programs in 2021 in more than a dozen European countries, including Norway, Germany and Netherlands.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment Friday morning.
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