The network – which consists of 2,500 stations with 25,000 charging points worldwide, including more than 600 in the UK and Ireland – is currently exclusive to Tesla drivers.
Opening them to all brands would be a significant boost for EV drivers. Zap-Map estimates that only 1,137 of the nearly 25,000 charging devices in the UK are capable of “super-fast” speeds of 100 kW or more.
“We made our own connector because there was no standard back then and Tesla was just a maker of long-range electric cars,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “It’s a pretty thin connector for both low and high power charging. That said, we are opening our Supercharger network to other electric vehicles later this year. “
When asked if the network would be open to all electric vehicles in specific territories, Musk replied, “Over time, all countries. “
While Musk is used to making impromptu Twitter announcements, his tweets are often taken with a grain of salt. In 2019, he and Tesla were each fined $ 20 million by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission after falsely claiming he had “secure funding” to take the private company, detrimental to investors.
The deal with the SEC forced him to step down as chairman of Tesla for at least three years and his tweets about the company must now be pre-approved – although the regulator believes that last term was broken in the past. least twice, according to documents recently seen by the Wall Street Journal.
In any case, Musk’s latest claims do not detail the difficulties of opening the Supercharger network to all electric cars. Superchargers in the UK offer both Type 2 (for S and X models) and CCS (for Model 3) connectors, but charging points in the US would need an adapter.
The move could also prove unpopular with Tesla owners, who see the exclusive Supercharger network as a key benefit of purchasing one of the American automaker’s cars.
There is also the issue of pricing: some Tesla can use the Supercharger network for free, while others are billed at the rate of 28 pence per kWh after exhausting an annual allowance of 400 kWh.
It’s not clear whether non-Tesla drivers would be charged more or whether they would be entitled to the same charging speeds of up to 250 kW, which equates to 1,000 miles of range per hour on some models.
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