Tesla is opening up its network of EV charger superchargers to non-Tesla electric vehicles.
Also, news about it was picked up by the White House.
One White House Notes It said the network will be available to those driving non-Tesla cars in “late 2022.”
The company has already opened some chargers to other brands in Europe as part of a pilot program.
It’s unclear when or if Tesla will allow this in the U.S., but Fact Sheet “Later this year, Tesla will begin production of new supercharger equipment that will enable non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers in North America to use Tesla’s superchargers,” the White House said in a June 28 release.
Tesla did not comment on the report — of course, the company no longer has a PR team to handle such investigations — so we don’t know if the company knew the White House would “take over.” However, as we’ve documented, there’s no loss of love between Tesla boss Elon Musk and President Joe Biden.
U.S. EV owners who drive something other than a Tesla may need to download a smartphone app to use the charger. They also need an adapter for the charger cable to connect properly.
The Biden administration wants to spend $5 billion to expand the country’s charging infrastructure, from the current 41,000 charging points (Tesla and non-charging points) to 100,000 to 500,000 charging points by 2030, the White House said “she only Federal funds will be used for charging piles” that can charge the widest range of electric vehicles.
If this turns out to be true, it’s definitely good news for EV owners driving other brands’ products. It could even help accelerate EV adoption — imagine a potential EV buyer who can’t afford or want a Tesla, but only sees a Tesla Supercharger in the area where they live, live, and work Scenes. Now, however, that person can buy a Chevrolet Bolt or Volkswagen ID.4 and charge it using the Tesla network.
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