If you think it's just a sideshow, this may convince you otherwise.
We recently learned new information about Tesla's car charging program for business, which is even more generous than we first thought.
Tesla uses two different charging networks. The Tesla Supercharger network consists of DC Rapid Faculty stations for long-distance charging, and the destination charging network consists of Tier 2 chargers, specifically Tesla charging stations at restaurants and hotels once Tesla owners reach their destination. The company has a Tesla charging station in town.
As you already know, the company offers these charging stations for free as part of the official Charger 2 offer, but we've heard of busy places where Tesla offers more and covers the installation costs.
It's a pretty good deal for property owners. Because they can increase the value of their property and attract more customers who will stay there for longer periods of time.Tesla has received electronic applications for these "targeted chargers," which recently reached 5,000 worldwide.
In the U.S. (this is not the case in Europe or other markets), these chargers are equipped with a Tesla-owned link, so only Tesla cars can charge them.
However, the other two J1772 level chargers are often found in the same locations where Tesla has installed target chargers.
We assumed that the company had decided to add chargers to other electric cars, but now we've learned that it was sometimes Tesla's idea. The company has tried in every way possible to expand its charging infrastructure to technically install chargers for its competitors' other electric cars.
Currently, Tesla cars can technically also charge these chargers with an adapter, but in practice this is easier and can provide a higher level of charging for other electric cars, since all Tesla owners prefer wall outlets.
The total cost of these facilities could easily run into the thousands of dollars after purchasing all the equipment and installation. However, Tesla does not even have a formal contract with the business owners. Only a letter of intent confirms that the automaker will cover the cost of the chargers and installation, and the owner will pay the electric bill.
In some ways, other automakers have also contributed to funding the billing infrastructure, but this has always been part of the payment network, with third parties such as Nissan and BMW paying to use EVGO.
Several of the business owners who applied were very happy to get a free Tesla charger and were very surprised when they were offered a general purpose charger. One of them told us, "I wouldn't want to offer it to you, but I want to offer it to you.
I've never heard of a company that acts like Tesla does. They really put their corporate money where their mouth is. And that's wonderful and commendable."
Destination charging networks aren't the only way Tesla plans to contribute to the broader EV infrastructure outside its own fleet.
Tesla Chief Technology Officer J.B. Straubel said Tesla is "actively discussing with other automakers" the possibility of opening a Supercharger network to provide faster charging from the charging grid at destinations.
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