Tesla to develop its U.S. Supercharger community to different EVs in late 2022 – TechCrunch
Tesla plans to start opening its Supercharger community to different electrical automobiles by the top of the yr, in accordance with a White Home memo that shared the automaker’s plans.
The U.S. authorities mentioned in April that it wants to extend its personal community of about 1,100 charging stations a hundred-fold to satisfy coming demand. Tesla’s plans name for increasing capability at its Gigafactory in Buffalo, NY, the place greater than 1,600 workers produce Supercharging stations and photo voltaic panels, the memo mentioned.
“Later this yr, Tesla will start manufacturing of latest Supercharger tools that can allow non-Tesla EV drivers in North America to make use of Tesla Superchargers,” in accordance with the memo.
The enlargement – and publicity to prospects of different EVs manufacturers – may assist Tesla seize extra income and a spotlight as automakers start launching new EVs over the subsequent couple of years.
The memo didn’t point out how a lot cash Tesla will put money into including stations to its fast-charging community, however mentioned that the EV maker is ramping up manufacturing of “energy electronics elements that convert alternating present to direct present, charging cupboards, posts and cables.”
The patchwork of various charging networks within the U.S. is a clunky problem for a growing number of automakers and consumers. In June, GM mentioned it plans to equip its new EVs with “Plug and Charge” capability that lets drivers plug in and automate cost at a spread of various charging stations.
Non-Tesla homeowners will want each Tesla’s smartphone app and an adapter to entry the Supercharger community.
CEO Elon Musk has lengthy mused about opening the fast-charging community to homeowners of non-Tesla EVs. The corporate started working pilot packages in 2021 in additional than a dozen European international locations, together with Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Tesla didn’t reply to a request for remark Friday morning.