Last year, Tesla announced plans to open up its fast supercharger network to all electric vehicles, not just its own vehicles. The first rollout started in the Netherlands, then all electric cars in Europe, and now Elon Musk is sharing details about how it will work in the US.
At the recent Future of Vehicles conference, Elon Musk answered some questions about the launch of the Supercharger, which should get all EV owners excited.a specific video clip post on twitter Confirmed that Tesla may be adding industry standard CCS connectors to its supercharger stations in the US.
here is @elonmusk Tesla has decided to open up its Tesla Supercharger charging network to other brands of electric vehicles.
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) May 10, 2022
Earlier, Elon Musk had mentioned that the company would add a Tesla to CCS adapter, also known as the CHAdeMO adapter. However, it now looks like the company may have a better plan and will add full CCS connectors to all Supercharger stations in North America.
Here’s what Musk had to say:
“It’s a bit tricky in the U.S. because our connectors are different from the rest of the industry, but we’ll be adding other industry connectors as an option to our superchargers in the U.S.” Then he went on to say: “We’re doing our best to do the right thing in advancing electrification, even if it erodes our competitive advantage. ”
For those unaware, Tesla uses a proprietary connector for both its vehicles and booster stations in North America. This makes it impossible for other EVs such as Ford, Rivian, Hyundai and others to take advantage of their faster charging stations. Therefore, Tesla owners must charge from a Tesla-compatible charging station.
In Europe and many other regions, nearly all EVs and charging stations use the same CCS connector, similar to how all modern Android phones have USB-C, which makes things easier and ensures that any EV owner can Charge at any charging station. In Europe, Tesla has adopted this new standard, but not in the US.
We’re not sure if the new Superchargers will get both Tesla and CCS connectors in the US, if they’ll add them to existing Superchargers, or stick with adapters for those who need them.
Elon Musk didn’t reveal any timeline for when the CCS connector will be added to Superchargers in the US, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more info.