For years, Elon Musk has mentioned the idea of opening up Tesla's congestion network to other electric cars, and it seems to be happening: a few months after Musk said that this process would soon begin, Tesla opened 10 stations for other electric cars in the Netherlands and announced that it had opened 10 stations for other electric cars in the Netherlands.
Now this process tends to be on a small scale and takes place outside the U.S., but in an electric car-friendly country, the auto industry wants to gauge the size of the traffic the stations can see. It's worth noting that the Netherlands sells a much wider range of electric vehicles than the U.S. So even if electric car owners in that state still feel excluded, there is a methodology here. The fact that Tesla's European transloaders use the CCS channel also helps explain why this is the first such project, as opposed to private Tesla Cassicles.
The automotive industry's ability to open all stations has attracted different opinions from Tesla owners over the years. On the one hand, having a private charging network has long been an attraction for Tesla, with some owners saying they feel their peace of mind is undermined by other Tesla Carsla stations. On the other hand, Tesla owners, like many other EV users, typically have home chargers, so the frequency of blower use is not an absolute necessity for many Tesla owners.
The timing of this step may also be intentional. Only in the last few years has Tesla begun to face serious competition in Europe, but before the competition intensified, the restrictions on superchargers by Tesla cars were considered an advantage for the brand. Now, with about a dozen companies making offers in Europe, the strategy has changed, and opening up access to other users could be beneficial.
"Our intention has always been to open up the Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric vehicles and encourage more drivers to switch to electric cars," the automaker added. This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy."
The rollout of the test in the Netherlands should show how and when this process will take place in the U.S. In Europe, EV owners will need to download the latest version of the Tesla app to their smartphone and tap "Charge non-Tesla" to find a compatible Supercharger station. As for non-Tesla EVs in the states, the timeline for wider adoption in the U.S. remains somewhat murky, as at least one adapter for the native Supercharger connector will be required, and there are some hardware hurdles to overcome.
However, as more electric cars enter the market, Tesla may find itself in the minority in terms of charger availability because of its own criteria that exclude other electric cars. That is one of the goals of this experiment.
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