By on September 27, 2015

Tesla Supercharger With Model S At Tesla Dealership

Tesla owners always enjoyed rapid recharging thanks to the automaker’s Supercharger network. Soon, this privilege will be extended to other EVs.

While speaking at a forum in Germany Thursday, CEO Elon Musk said the following regarding the Supercharger network, according to Gas2:

We are actually in talks with some manufacturers doing just that and it will be exciting to share that news.

Musk added the only requirements for using the network were A) the EV could take a high power level of charging — low-power-level charging would keep an EV at the Supercharger for too long, reducing the number of charging stalls available until charging was complete — and B) manufacturers pay a proportionate fee for how much their vehicles use the network.

As for which manufacturers are talking to Tesla about using the network, Musk said a non-German European company approached the automaker not too long ago.

Speaking of German manufacturers, however, Musk voiced his thoughts about the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal before reporters in Belgium. Per Deredactie.be, he had this to say when asked if the debacle would cause the masses to lose faith in green technology:

Well, I think it’s more the opposite. What Volkswagen is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline. The time has come to move to a new generation of technology.

Photo credit: Tesla/Facebook

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33 Comments on “Tesla To Open Up Supercharger Network To Other EVs...”


  • avatar
    ekaftan

    Non-German European manufacturer. That sells cars in the US. Volvo? Renault and Peugeot-Citroen don’t sell cars in the US. VW-Audi-Seat-Skoda all would be german…

    Who else?

  • avatar

    And with this post, my weekend fill-in duty is complete. A new feature piece from yours truly should be up soon. Your regularly scheduled programming will be back on Monday.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    “a non-German European company”

    …that presumably makes EVs. Does it get any more bush league?

    This could only impress a European Teslite.

  • avatar
    Spartan

    Awesome. I don’t have a Tesla, but I am awaiting the arrival of our XC90 T8 plug in. It’ll be nice to have a place to charge other than at home.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    The nearby grocery store has a Tesla station with eight chargers. The most Teslas – at the same time – that I’ve seen using the row of chargers? Two.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      The bank I go to has teller stations for 20 tellers. Only 3 are manned at any time. What is your point – that Tesla is building infrastructure in anticipation of demand?

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Your bank has a low utilization of teller stations because that branch was probably built before ATMs and online banking. The three tellers see you, cash intensive businesses, retirees, and the working poor.

        • 0 avatar
          RideHeight

          “..cash intensive businesses, retirees, and the working poor.”

          Plus people who just like pneumatic tubes!

          OK, retirees.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I worked at banks for a number of years. I was always amazed with how many different pneumatic tube systems exist. It’s rare to find the same system in more than one branch. The older ones are truly custom jobs.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            Old urban pre-white flight department stores had some of the coolest, most extensive pneumatic systems, too.

            My memories of such stores are so dim that I can’t remember how much parking, if any, they had. I do remember my older sister taking me to a Sears on a city bus.

            What an utterly different world.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I worked in some very old bank branches in Detroit, Chicago, Tucson, Phoenix, LA, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and many others. So many things to learn and discover.

            The new build branches all banks are building are only fit for newer suburbs. When they build them in older neighborhoods, it is like building a Pulte home between Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen houses.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            Visiting old commercial buildings is such an equal mix of fascination and depression.

            So much craftsmanship and innovation from so many highly skilled and hard working people now mostly decrepit and abandoned.

            There has to be a decent interval between tragedy and archaeology and these buildings aren’t there yet for my generation.

        • 0 avatar
          redav

          I don’t use ATMs because of fees.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Well if you use your own bank’s ATM, there aren’t any fees (Unless you bank with Bank of America, I’m sure they have a fee for that). The bank I bank with waives up to 10 ATM fees charged by another bank a month and they don’t charge me a fee. I’ve never come close to 10 ATM withdrawals in a month. Many Credit Unions let you use other Credit Union ATMs with no fees.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Just go with the bank which is largely prevalent in your area, and you’ll not have to worry about the fees.

            I’m with US Bank here. They’ve got essentially two branches on my street, and we have their ATM in the lobby. So easy!

            And since you can do so many more things at ATM’s nowadays (like deposit checks), I very rarely have to visit a bank branch anyway. I only use cash for the liquor store.

          • 0 avatar
            th009

            I often don’t carry any cash, and I can’t remember when I last deposited a cheque. Between electronic payments and debit/credit cards, cash is rapidly disappearing.

            At least on this side of the border.

      • 0 avatar
        dividebytube

        None other than there is some – currently – underutilized chargers there that could be used for other EVs.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    If I’m a well-off Tesla driver, I’m not going to be too appreciative if someone’s charging their pedestrian Leaf or XC90 Ev+Turbo Bi-engine V4 AWD Eco- in my charging space.

    I’m not sure I approve.

  • avatar
    danwat1234

    2019 and NO OTHER VEHICLE MANUFACTURE uses Tesla’s supercharger network.. Sad GM, Ford, none of them want to. Although I think it is a good thing because they are busy enough as it is!

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