In a recent Q2, 2021 Earnings Calls Elon Musk explained how Tesla Superchargers will work for other electric vehicles and said Tesla Superchargers will have to adopt time-based pricing for non-Teslas EVs.
According to Elon Musk, owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles would have to download the Tesla App to access the Supercharger Network. Users would then have to indicate which stall they would be charging in, before plugging in their electric vehicles and initiating the charging session. Musk noted that this Tesla App-based system would likely work with any other manufacturer’s cars.
Musk, however, noted that pricing for the Supercharger Network among non-Tesla EVs would be time-based, especially among vehicles that are not designed to charge as rapidly as Tesla’s vehicles. Peak and off-peak rates would be implemented as well.
“There will be time constraints. If the charge rate is super slow, then somebody will be charged more because the biggest constraint at the Supercharger is time, how occupied is the stall. And we’ll also be smarter with how we charge for electricity at the Supercharger. So rush hour charging will be more expensive than off-hours is charging because there are times when the Superchargers are empty and times when they’re jam-packed. And so it makes sense to have some time-based discrimination,” Musk said.
He also said “In Europe and China and most parts of the world, it’s the same connector for everyone, so this is a fairly easy thing to do. We developed our own connector, which in my opinion is actually the best connector, it’s small and light and looks good and above standard. So we developed our own connector, which in my opinion actually the best connector. It’s small and light and looks good. So an adapter is needed to work for EVs in North America. But people could buy this adapter. And we anticipate having it available at the Superchargers as well if people don’t sort of steal them or something,” Musk said.
Musk also talked about the positive aspect of Tesla opening its Supercharger network to other non-Tesla electric vehicles.
“Obviously, for the Supercharger Network to be useful to other car companies’ cars, we need to grow the network faster than we’re growing vehicle output, which is not easy. We’re growing vehicle output at a hell of a rate. So Superchargers need to grow faster than vehicle output. This is a lot of work for the Superchargers team, but it is only useful in the grand scheme of things. Just only useful to the public if we’re able to grow faster than Tesla vehicle output. So that is our goal,” Musk said.
There is also a view that says “If you want to charge at a Tesla SC go buy a Tesla. Why should Tesla owners wait behind a bunch of Fords or GM. Let the other companies invest in a charging network as Tesla has.”
But the response to this view is “expand your thinking. Additional revenue is used to expand the network. It’s a statistical mathematics fact that if you have a larger (fleet with a larger) network it has relatively better throughput (expected for a single customer) than having a smaller network with a smaller fleet. Don’t worry, be happy about the expansion.”
Overall, Tesla’s Supercharging expansion to other EVs is good news.
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