Tuesday, 27 July 2021 22:27

Tesla Superchargers to Adopt Time-Based Pricing for Non-Tesla EVs

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati
Tesla Superchargers to Adopt Time-Based Pricing for Non-Tesla EVs Tesla


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Just recently, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla’s Supercharger Network would be opened to other electric vehicles later this year.

More details about this upcoming initiative were shared in the second-quarter earnings call, including the process involved for non-Tesla EVs to access a Supercharger station, as well as the pricing for the service. 


According to 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 this Tesla App-based system would likely work with any other manufacturer’s cars. 


The CEO noted, however, pricing for the Supercharger Network among non-Tesla EVs would be time-based, especially among vehicles 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," Musk said. "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."


Opening the Supercharger Network in China and Europe would likely be simple enough, Musk noted, as EV charging connectors are pretty standardized in these regions. This is not the case in North America, where Tesla uses its own proprietary connector.


As such, non-Tesla EVs in North America would have to use an adapter. Musk then noted Tesla Supercharger adapters would be available for purchase, with some being offered in actual Supercharger Stations. 


“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," Musk said. "We developed our own connector, which in my opinion is actually...

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