Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company will allow owners of other companies electric cars to charge them at its own Supercharger charging stations, adding that the option will be available before the end of 2021, and the CEO tweeted: "We are making the Supercharger network private We will be open to other electric vehicles later this year."
In the United States, Tesla cars use the company’s connector, which means that automakers who want to access 900 charging stations operated by the company locally must provide an adapter for their drivers, while in Europe, Tesla uses CCS direct current connector, which has become an international standard.
Musk emphasized that all of the company's 25,000 superchargers will eventually be available to non-Tesla drivers, and this isn't the first time Musk has discussed unlocking the Supercharger network.
“We are happy to support other automakers and allow them to use our Supercharger stations,” Musk said before.
"Other electric car manufacturers will only need to pay the cost share in proportion to their use of their cars, and they will need to be able to accept our charging rate and our connector, so at least he has an adapter for our connector," he added.
But this is the first time he's offered any kind of timeline, and reaction to the news on Twitter has been mixed, with one user saying it's OK to open the network as long as non-Tesla people pay an annual membership fee of some sort and that the charging experience is fine. Fees do not change.
Another Tesla owner in California described it as a "horrible move", suggesting it would increase the waiting time for a full charge.